Are you listening?

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“Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will keep you; love her, and she will guard you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight” Proverbs 4:5-7, ESV.

When my mother told me as a child not to touch the stove because it’s hot, I listened and didn’t touch the stove. When she told me as a teenager to leave certain girls alone because they meant me no good, I listened and left those girls alone. When she told me as a young adult to stay focused on finishing college and not let anything throw me off course, thank God I listened and finished school. It wasn’t her wisdom alone that did it, it was me listening to her that saved my life. Likewise, it’s not God’s wisdom alone that will do it for you, it’s you listening to Him that will save your life.

My sister, what is God telling you? What hot situation has He told you not to touch? What relationship has He instructed you to leave alone? What has He told you to stay focused on finishing and not allow anything or anyone to distract you or throw you off course?

Are you listening to Him?

I have found in my life the voice of God sounds much like the gentle voice of a wise mother. However, it is up to you and I to say, “Yes, Lord!” and do what He says.

If you’re praying for wisdom, I challenge you to read the Book of Proverbs. There’s all sorts of wisdom nuggets that deal with everyday life. If reading the entire book is too difficult for you, take one chapter a day and meditate on the wisdom you discover. God only wants the best for you, but you have to listen to Him and do what He says.

Prayer: Father God, I pray you forgive me for every time I didn’t listen to you. Help me God to listen. Give me a teachable and quiet spirit. I don’t want to go through unnecessary heartache because I didn’t listen to you. You know what’s best for me and you have my best interest in mind. I trust you. I want to be wise Lord and follow hard after you. Help me to grow in wisdom and in grace. Be glorified in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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God’s provision is in His wisdom.

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“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

I remember when my husband and I were without a car for almost two years. We rode public transportation, rode on a bike and paid for cabs to take us places. While walking one day carrying bags of groceries in my hands, I said, “Lord, we need a car!” He didn’t give us a car, He gave us wisdom.

We were living in the wrong city, trying to make a life for ourselves outside of the will of God. Once we heard from Him and relocated to the place He told us to be, doors began to open, my husband landed a great paying job and within a week we had a car.

God’s provision is in His wisdom.

You may have asked the LORD to meet a need in your life. What He’s going to do is give you wisdom, and in you following His wisdom, He will minister to your need.

Prayer: Father, you are my shepherd, I shall not want. As long as you’re leading me and I’m following you, you will provide and take care of me. More than any need in my life, I ask for your wisdom and your guidance. Show me the way you want me to go. As I receive and follow your wisdom, I know you will supply my every need as you said you would. Help me not to lean to my own understanding, but to trust in you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.