Looking back on my life, I realise how important God’s grace has been across all my endeavours and challenges. I also recognise the role of endurance, determination, initiative and making right choices. That doesn’t mean I haven’t made mistakes or some bad decisions along the way. Nevertheless, the consistent pursuit of godly wisdom and good judgment, overshadowed with God’s grace, has enabled me as an individual and our church overall, to accomplish things so far beyond what I could have imagined all those years ago.
Think about the part godly wisdom, or the lack of it, has played in your life so far. How has this affected your financial decisions? Your relationships? Your career and achievements? If you are young and have big dreams, don’t underestimate the importance of seeking godly wisdom and good judgment in framing and building your life, choice by choice, through highs and lows, to see your plans come to pass over time.
10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom.
Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.
11 Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life.
12If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit.
If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.
Proverbs 9:10-12 (NLTse)
God will freely give His wisdom to you without reproach if you ask Him for it (see James 1:5). Proverbs says wisdom will permeate every area of your life. If you could see the path ahead and the fruit of wisdom, then wouldn’t you want every area of your life permeated with wisdom?
It’s through me, Lady Wisdom, that your life deepens,
and the years of your life ripen.
Live wisely and wisdom will permeate your life;
mock life and life will mock you.
Proverbs 9:11-12 (MSG)
If you will listen to ‘Lady Wisdom’, your life will deepen and over time, improve and ‘ripen’. That doesn’t mean you won’t have challenges or opposition, but it does mean you have the promise of ongoing victory over them.
God wants to open doors and make a way in your life and that includes understanding how to exercise good judgment. However, if you don’t apply wisdom principles such as obedience to God, humility and waiting for His timing, your path forward will meet impasses.
I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment.
I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.
Proverbs 8:12 (NLTse)
Wisdom means trusting God and allowing good judgment to make a way for you.
Lord, You say that if anyone lacks wisdom all they have to do is ask You for it and You will give it. Help me to understand the importance of good judgment in my life and to develop humility and patience and a desire to please You.