Thursday, May 03, 2018

Listening for Wisdom

A few thoughts from my morning quiet time with God:

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.” (Proverbs 19:20)

The key to acting wisely, this passage seems to say, is to listen, especially to the voice of wisdom.

The first place to find this, of course, and the source that trumps all human pretense of wisdom, is God and His Word. I can turn to the Bible and receive from it God’s any time!

Of course, the Bible is more than a sourcebook for daily decisions, it’s God’s Word to us, for us. In it, we meet THE Word, Jesus Christ. We see what provision God has made for us to have life in Jesus’ name: We are saved by God’s grace through our faith in Christ. We know that our sins are forgiven and we belong to God not by our efforts, but by the work THE Word has already done for us.

This, in turn, sets us free to really live without fear, with the certainty that nothing can separate us from the love God gives in Christ.

And it sets us free to learn from our mistakes, listen for good advice, and to keep on living. Failure is never fatal for the one who has eternal life in Christ. And self-pride is eliminated as an excuse for not listening, and growing. Living in grace, God freely gives us wisdom, joy, magnanimity, love. Unafraid to make mistakes, we live in peace, continuing to learn from God all the way.

God, today, help me to listen to Your wisdom and live in the assurance of Your grace. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

[I'm the pastor of Living Water Lutheran Church in Centerville, Ohio.]

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