Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Finding Wisdom

Sherlock Holmes and his faithful assistant Watson were on a camping expedition. Holmes could always solve mysteries through his powers of observation and he would continually try to teach Watson how to do it.
After eating supper, they got into their sleeping bags and turned in for the night. Several hours later, Holmes work up his friend and said, "Watson, wake up right now and tell me what you see." After rubbing his eyes, Watson said, "I see thousands of stars."
"And what does that tell you?" Holmes quizzed. Watson answered, "It opens the possibility that there are thousands of planets out there."
"Very good, Watson. What else do you observe?"
Watson said, "The position of the moon tells me it is approximately 3 a.m."
"Very good. What else?"
Scratching his head, Watson replied, "I'm drawing a blank. What should I be observing? What am I not seeing?"
Holmes said, "Watson, old boy, it tells me that someone has stolen our tents!"
Some people can't see the obvious. Common sense can see the obvious, but wisdom sees beyond the obvious. Wisdom is the ability to make right decisions. Wisdom is the insight into how to solve problems. None of these come from our own natural abilities because Prov. 2:6 says, "The Lord gives wisdom." If we are going to be wise, we must get it from Him. Here are four things required of us:
1. Have the highest respect for God. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Prov. 9:10). Do you fear the Lord above all else?
2. Have a teachable spirit. You can have the greatest teacher in the world but if the student doesn't want to learn, he won't! Are you willing to do whatever He says?
3. Ask God for it. James 1:5 says, "If anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask of God." What's funny about this is that EVERYONE lacks wisdom. They just don't know it. For those who realize they need it, they must ask. God doesn't automatically make everyone wise. We must ask. We must ask desperately and God says, "it will be given him."
4. We must receive it. James 1:6-7 says if we doubt that God will give it, we will not receive it. Have you ever tried to give a gift to someone who won't receive it? Even though you've bought the gift and are offering it, it's all in vain if the person won't receive it.
God will speak His wisdom to you through thoughts that pop into your mind, through desires in your heart, and through godly counselors. To hear the entire audio message on this subject, go to:
"Finding Wisdom, part 1"