“And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the rules that I am teaching you, and do them, that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land that the Lord is giving you. You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God. Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’ ..Take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children… so they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.
“Watch yourselves very carefully… Take care, lest you forget… Seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul… For the Lord your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them… Know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. Keep his statutes and his commandments… that it may go well with you and with your children.” Deuteronomy 4:1-2,6,9-10,15,23,29,31,39-40
“He will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge.” “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” Isaiah 33:6; James 1:5
It is one thing to prepare a feast for someone, a spread rich in colorful, delectable enticements, and another thing to take their hands and pull them forward, offer them a plate, and urge them to ‘come, partake, savor, have your fill!’ Our Lord does this with His wisdom. He embodies wisdom beyond compare and measure, and not only makes it readily available to us in His word and for the asking, but prods us with consistent admonition and encouragement to seek, take hold, ingest, keep, apply, and pass it on.
In the volatility of today’s frenetic events, gloomy forecasts, and untenable unrest, we need wisdom. The electricity of conflict, relentless information, and a myriad of dichotomous expert opinions charges our affections and demands our time. The God who understands the dilemmas of our tenuous times offers a firm foundation in His written truth, generous knowledge to fortify our stability and make us wise. Wherever we are, whatever we presently face, do we intentionally seek Him prayer, and take time to glean from His word divine wisdom and perspective? Will we consciously view ourselves in light of His kingdom purposes, and act accordingly? (Proverbs 3:3-6; Romans 12:3-8)
Lord, You embody all I need for the present. Grant Your wisdom for my times, that Your perfect will be done and Your righteous authority be exalted.