Today’s post comes from Lee Chatam, Director of C3 Leadership College.
Today’s Reading: Proverbs 28
Today’s Key Scripture: Proverbs 28:11 “Rich people may think they are wise, but a poor person with discernment can see right through them.”
This scripture was most likely written by Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived. God promised Solomon two things: To be the wisest man & to have more wealth than any other king. Basically Solomon was the smartest and richest dude around and if he is writing about wealth and wisdom in the same scripture, then it just might carry some weight.
This short scripture helps us realign our focus. Too many times we put too much emphasis on things that have no solid foundation. Today you may be rich; tomorrow you may be bankrupt. Today you may be climbing the corporate ladder; tomorrow you may be standing in the unemployment line. I am not wishing that on anyone, but the bottom line is that we can’t rely on ourselves or our status to give us the voice to speak into things. We need to rely on the Holy Spirit and the discernment that comes from being in a relationship with him.
I would go out on a limb and say discernment is more valuable than money. Discernment in the workplace will keep you out of shady deals. Discernment in your home will direct your conversations. Discernment in your relationships will keep life-giving people around you. Discernment will give you the courage you need to talk to someone. Discernment will give you the strength you need to make it through the tough days. Discernment will give you the boldness to choose morality over popularity.
But how do we get discernment? Simply by spending time with God. He will reveal things to you that you once would have tried to figure out on your own. Life really becomes much more simple when we quit trying to make it happen and when we rely on the discernment of the Holy Spirit to help us make decisions.
Prayer Focus: As we pray today, focus on praying for discernment in every area of your life. Make it a goal to pray for discernment more than opportunity, influence or recognition. Ask God to give you discernment to make the right decisions, to lead in an honoring way and discernment on how to spread his love to the people you come in contact with everyday.