Monday, August 26, 2019

Finding Wisdom

Sherlock Holmes and his 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 woke up his friend and said, "Watson, wake up right now and tell me what you see." After rubbing his eyes, 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 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.  Four things are required to find wisdom.

1. Look in the right place. If you lost your keys in the couch, you could look everywhere else in the world and never find your keys. Some people try to find wisdom in Hollywood and listen to what actors say. Others look to Washington DC thinking politics will solve their problems. But Proverbs 2:6 says “The Lord gives wisdom.” He is where you’ll find it.

2. Fear the Lord and have a teachable spirit. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Prov. 9:10). You can have the greatest teacher in the world but if the student doesn't want to learn, he won't. The world is messed up because most people don't fear the Lord. Will you do what He says?

3. Ask God for it. James 1:5 says, "If anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask of God." Everyone lacks wisdom but most people don't know it. God doesn't automatically give out wisdom. You must ask. "And it will be given him."

4. Receive it. James 1:6-7 says if you doubt that God will give it, we won’t receive it. Have you ever tried to give a gift to someone who won't receive it?  Even though you've paid for the gift, it’s the other person’s responsibility to receive it.
You can pray, “Lord, I believe you have given me wisdom and are showing me what to do.” But remember, God has already given you wise advice in His Word.

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