Today’s post comes from Jennifer Byers, Connect Group Coach at C3.
Today’s Reading: Proverbs 24
Today’s Key Scripture: Proverbs 24:5 “The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger.”
I have heard it said that “Strong is the new skinny.” For that, I’m thankful, because “skinny” is probably never going to be an adjective used to describe me! Even so, we all know having a physically strong and healthy body is ideal. I want to be a physically strong woman for many reasons, including being around for the long haul for my husband and children. But becoming strong is easier said than done…it takes hard work! No one else can become strong for you. You have to put in the time and effort to see the results. The same is true for our spiritual life. Today’s focus verse says that being wise is even better than being strong! We often put in time working on strengthening our physical bodies, but are we putting in the hard work it takes to develop wisdom and knowledge? How do we even go about doing that? Here are a few steps that are vital if you want to develop God’s wisdom in your life:
- Spend time in prayer every day. The Bible says that we should never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Does this mean that God expects you to be on your knees every single minute of every single day? Probably not. It does mean that the more time we spend praying to our Father, the more our hearts and minds are connected to Him. As that connection strengthens through daily use (just like your muscles during a workout) it becomes easier to go to God first, give your thoughts over to Christ and make wise decisions.
- Spend time in the Word every day. Every time you open your Bible, ask God for wisdom to understand what you are reading and take it in. The Bible says in Psalm 1:2 to “delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.” As you read the scriptures, ask yourself: What does this passage mean? How does it apply to my life? What or how do I need to change? The more scripture you know in your heart and mind, the easier it becomes to actually apply it to your everyday life. When God’s Word is what fills you, you can rely on His wisdom when you are faced with making decisions.
3. Spend time with wise people. Proverbs 24:6 says “victory depends on having many advisers.” I know I desire God’s victory in my life, but I don’t think this verse means that you can ask just anyone for godly advice. God wants us to be connected to those who are pursuing His heart just like we are. Your inner circle needs to be built on relationships with those who are like-minded in Christ so you can encourage one another in your walk with Him. You can do this by signing up for a connect group this summer, joining a ministry team or serving with Project 919. Always remember to line up advice from others with what God’s Word says no matter who tells you! God is the only one who can give perfect wisdom 24/7 and as it says in James 1:5, all we have to do is ask Him!
- Accept that becoming wise is a process. Anyone knows that you will not go from weight lifting 20 pounds to lifting 220 pounds overnight. It’s a process that takes hard work, commitment and patience with yourself. There will be good days and bad days. The same is true for developing wisdom and knowledge. There is not an instant, add-water-and-stir formula that we can just pop in the microwave. Galatians 6:9 says, “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” In this case, the harvest will be wisdom and knowledge that can only come from God. Just be faithful to keep working hard and moving forward one day at a time.
Prayer Focus: Heavenly Father, I want to become a wise and strong believer. I want to increase my knowledge of you so that I can grow in Christ and work hard in and for your Kingdom. I know becoming wise takes hard work and that I cannot do it by myself. I need you every day to encourage me and to place others in my life who can spur me on toward You. Help me to be diligent and to not grow weary of pursing you, even on the toughest of days and in difficult circumstances. In Jesus name, Amen.