GIVE ME WISDOM AND DISCERNMENT

As Solomon started out as King of Israel, he was overwhelmed by the job ahead of him and his inexperience. When God asked him what he wanted from Him, Solomon said, “Now give me wisdom and discernment so I can effectively lead this nation.” (1 Ki. 3:9) God was pleased with his request and promised not only to give him the wisdom he requested, but He would also provide him with great wealth.

Proverbs speaks of wisdom in 49 places. Here are just a few; 1:7, Solomon states, "Fearing the LORD is the beginning of discernment, but fools have despised wisdom and moral instruction." 2:6, “For the LORD gives wisdom, and from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” 3:13, “Blessed is the one who has found wisdom, and the one who obtains understanding.”
Today we are faced with many claiming to speak the truth, but others also claim to speak the truth while saying the exact opposite. Our modern culture claims that there is no God and there is no absolute truth, but each one can decide what is true for them, regardless of facts to the contrary. As followers of Jesus, we know that God is the ultimate 'fact checker', and there really is absolute truth in many areas. God gave us the Bible to explain ultimate truth and righteousness. We need to spend time in it regularly and ask the Holy Spirit to give us the wisdom we need to navigate the vast array of voices in our day and know which are of God and which are of the devil.

Lord, give me wisdom and knowledge to sort through the different voices surrounding us with conflicting ideas. Help me to understand truth from your perspective. We ask for your help in following Jesus, who claimed that “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” We come to You in faith, asking for help from the Holy Spirit to help us to know what to believe, and how to live for You.

by Ken Zook

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