Not until we have become humble and teachable, standing in awe of God’s holiness and sovereignty… acknowledging our own littleness, distrusting our own thoughts, and willing to have our minds turned upside down, can divine wisdom become ours. (James I (J. I.) Packer)
We all desire to live wisely. I do not think any person wants to live foolishly, constantly making mistakes. God has been bringing this idea of wise living into my thoughts for several days now and from several sources – books, quotes, our pastor’s sermon Sunday and my devotional.
Here is what I am learning —
Our hearts are fickle. We desire to live wisely and yet our hearts will deceive us. We can think we are right and doing right and still be wrong. Only when we weigh our decisions with and before God’s Word, will we be able to make wise choices. And for the record, the wise choice or decision may still be the more difficult, the more unpleasant, the more painful thing to do. But the reward will be great.
Only with the Spirit’s leading will we do the right thing, make the right decisions and live wisely. We cannot do it on our own.
So the question I found myself pondering these last few days was this one –
How do I learn to live wisely?
And God so graciously and in His mercy replied through His Word this morning,
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. (Matthew 7:24)
It comes with practice. We need to be trained to focus on His ways, His thoughts, His desires. Practice means doing the same thing or something every day. Practice is the way we develop or learn a habit, the means of becoming proficient at something. My desire is that if I am going to become proficient at something in this life, may it be that I am proficient in hearing His truth above my wandering heart. Every single time.
May we put His Words into practice.
May our minds be turned upside down.
May we build on the Rock.
May we get wisdom.