I hope you do not mind if I repost an article from last year. Our new grandbaby is here and we are celebrating. Plus, we are giving our daughter a break by keeping their other four children. Praise the Lord for babies!
Recently, our son and daughter-in-law witnessed a National Geographic Scene in their own backyard. Jodi was taking pictures of an owl perched on a low branch in a tree. The owl’s wing was hurt. Just as Jodi was taking the photo, a turkey flew up into the tree attacking the owl and knocking the owl down.
A Christian without wisdom is like that owl without the use of his wing. She is left vulnerable to all kinds of attacks. The owl was rescued just in time by Brandon and Jodi, then taken to a bird rehab center. We all need wisdom from the Lord to protect us from the attacks of worldly thinking. We need wisdom from the Lord to come to our rescue.
- We need wisdom to rescue ourselves from thinking, “This is logical.” We might think something is logical, but God’s ways are much higher than our ways. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9) Logic can be misleading.
- We need wisdom to rescue ourselves from thinking, “Everyone else is doing it, so it must be alright.” Following the crowd seldom turns out well.
- We need wisdom to rescue ourselves from emotional decisions that feel right. Feelings are flighty and untrustworthy.
- We need wisdom to rescue ourselves from thinking, “It was always done this way.” Tradition is not necessarily wise to follow.
There is a flip side to the National Geographic Scene that took place in our children’s backyard. Why did the turkey attack the owl? The turkey attacked the owl because she was protecting her young. A parent without wisdom is like a turkey who does not watch out for her young.
- We need wisdom to watch out for our children. The devil does not think, “Oh, how cute that little child is right now. I am going to wait until he is much older before I begin to trip him up.”
God said wisdom is first place and we need to get it. “Wisdom is the principal (first) thing; therefore get wisdom…” (Proverbs 4:7)
How do we get wisdom?
First: We must be in God’s Word to know God.
Second: We must ask God for wisdom. I daily begged God for wisdom. I was a desperate mother. I desperately needed God’s wisdom to be a wise mother! While we are asking, let us also ask God for wisdom to be a wise wife.
The most wonderful glorious thing is that God promises to give wisdom generously if we ask Him! Now, how easy is that! Thank you, Lord!
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” James 1:5