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May 2015

Friday, 22 May 2015

Wisdom: a Tool, Not a Mood
'Use wisdom and understanding to establish your home.' Proverbs 24:3 CEV


Paintbrushes exist because our hands alone can’t do more than fingerpaint. Hammers do a better job with nails than our elbows or foreheads. Tools are for tasks we can’t do with our bodies. And if you don’t have a paintbrush but you want to paint, you simply go out and get one—you don’t wallow in despair about how difficult it is to use your hair as a paintbrush.

In the Bible, James says, ‘If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God.’ (James 1:5 NRS) Wisdom’s a tool, there for the getting. Wisdom’s not a magic wand, or some grey–haired expert that you’ll morph into at the end of your Christian walk. It’s there to help you build your life together, today. Tools are for tasks we can’t do with what we’ve got within ourselves, and wisdom is for those times when real life situations—temptations, hard choices, troubled friends—get the better of our normal ability to cope. You use wisdom in your everyday life, in the middle of temptations and hard choices. You get it, just as James says, by asking God plainly and directly for it. So pick it up and practise. If the ability to make wise choices seems impossibly distant, start small and start with the choices in front of you today. If you really want the ability to say, ‘I’m a wise person,’ then ask God for the opportunity to make one small, wise choice today. Take it in steps, so that by the end of the month you can look back and count the wise choices you’ve made.

SoulFood: Judg 9:34-11:40, Matt 12:22-37, Ps 97, Prov 20:25, Ecc 5:4-6

word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd

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