Monday, November 23, 2015

My Identity in Christ #4 - I have access to God's Wisdom

Now that my Bible Study group has finished Priscilla Shirer’s Armor of God study, I need to keep moving in the right direction and I’m not ready to pick up another Bible study because I haven’t applied all I want to apply to my life from this study, yet.  Also, my prayer request lately has been that I would live like I believe God’s promises and how much He loves me.  So, I am beginning a series of blog posts taken from the list Priscilla included in her 6th week of Bible study regarding our identity and inheritance in Christ.  I pray these reflections will open your eyes to how much God loves you.  Read them as if you wrote them.  Meditate on them.  God bless you.

I have access to God’s Wisdom - My Identity in Christ

James 1:5 tells me I have access to God’s wisdom.  If I lack wisdom, I should ask and God will give it generously.  “If” I lack wisdom?  Oh, boy, do I lack wisdom!  Sometimes, it’s about a decision I must make.  Sometimes, it’s about a difficult conversation I must have.  Sometimes, it’s all about my attitude and my behavior.  That’s what it was about today.  When I saw that today’s meditation was about access to God’s wisdom, I almost fell to my knees in a tearful heap.  It feels like I’m under attack from all sides: work, home, ministry.  You name it, I’m currently at a loss about how to deal with it.  I’ve been praying for God to glorify Himself with my behavior and my words.  I’ve been praying this on and off for YEARS!  Never before do I remember praying for wisdom in this instance.  Sure, I’ve prayed for wisdom, but not from such a desperate place.

According to Torrey’s New Topical Textbook at the Blue Letter Bible website, wisdom is one of God’s attributes (1 Sam 2:3, Job 9:4).  God’s wisdom is perfect (Job 36:4, 37:16), mighty (Job 36:5), universal (Job 28:24, Dan 2:22, Acts 15:18), infinite (Ps 147:5, Rom 11:33), unsearchable (Isa 40:28, Rom 11:33), wonderful (Ps 139:6), beyond human comprehension (Ps 139:6), incomparable (Isa 44:7, Jer 10:7), underived (Job 21:22, Isa 40:14).  Today’s meditation has reminded me of my life verse, Jeremiah 33:3 – Call to me and I will answer you and teach you great and unsearchable things you do not know.  So, I’m spending today calling to God for wisdom and He has revealed several wonderful things to me:  He has chosen me to lead and leaders face opposition; I need to pray for a genuine love of those people who oppose me; I need to pray for a tough skin and a tender heart; I need to seek Christ’s glory and kingdom advancement, not my own comfort; I need to remember that Christ takes attacks against his people personally.  God’s wisdom is such a great gift!

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