TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, July 11, 2017:
The ability to make good use of knowledge; the power of forming a sound judgment in any matter; the ability to recognize right from wrong.
Get wisdom! Understand! Proverbs 4:5
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
How many times in your life have you done something and then reacted by asking yourself, why did I do that? Was it just a mistake or was it a lack of wisdom? No matter what we conclude we really did not use wisdom in our decision making.
The verse above from Proverbs is a command to us. We need to learn how to have wisdom in dealing with our everyday situations. We do this, as James tells us in the above verse, by asking God to give us wisdom. We need a daily relationship with God and then as we talk to Him (Prayer) He will respond and guide us with His wisdom. As we read His Word He will speak to our hearts and open our minds to the truth found in His Word.
Many are the trials and troubles we will face in our life. We need wisdom to be able to discern the source of our trials. Is our trial sent by God to teach us a lesson or from Satan to tempt us to move away from God. No matter what the source we need to understand that the Lord is always sensitive to our pain.
Wisdom is needed for us to understand the purpose of the trouble we might be fighting. The Lord does use suffering to accomplish His will in our lives. When we understand what God is trying to accomplish in our lives we are able not only to rejoice but we are able to bless other people around us by sharing with others how we have seen the Lord work in our own lives.
We can rejoice when we know that God is in control of our lives. We need to understand that God always has a specific purpose in everything He does. He uses life’s ups and downs to build a Christ-like character in us and mold us into what He wants us to be.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 1:8.
My son, hear the instruction of your father, and do not forsake the law of your mother.
I praise Your name today that through faith I can know You and that You will give me the wisdom to live my life today honoring You in all that I do.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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