Verse of the Day

"But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him."

~James 1:5

Today's Devotional Thought

June 11, 2010 by Wendy Foreman


Wisdom in God's Will

For the past couple of days, we have been talking about God’s will and how to discern His will for your life. We have explored the importance of a real relationship with the Lord and how when you are walking with Him daily, you will more easily hear His voice. We also have talked about the difference between moral will and personal will. And, the need to be in the Scriptures to be able to know what God’s standards for you are and that by living those standards, you also will more easily know God’s personal will for your life.

So often we talk about God’s will when we are faced with a specific decision about a specific situation. And, we simply don’t know what to do, so we ask, “What is God’s will in this situation?”

As we’ve seen over the last couple of days, the decision that you should make will never go against God’s moral will. So, when you are looking at your options, you can eliminate any of them that go against the standards that God has set for living. So, once you have eliminated those options that go against His moral will, how do you decide among the other options?

The answer comes in one word: Wisdom.

Wisdom is another important element in our decision making and in discovering God’s will. Ephesians 5:15 says, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise.” We need to learn to ask in every situation and in every decision, “Is this the wise thing to do?” When we are examining a choice, we should evaluate whether it is a smart thing to do. Is it wise financially? Is it wise relationally? Is it wise professionally? Is this decision a good decision or are there elements of it that are too risky? And regardless of whether you want the outcome that this decision would bring, if it is not a wise decision, then you should not proceed.

When it comes time for us to make decisions and to really seek out the will of God we need to first measure our decision against God’s moral will and against the principles of His word and finally against the question: Is this the wise thing to do? The Lord desires that we make wise decisions as well as decisions that are in line with his moral standards.

Remember that the next time you are making a decision and ask yourself, Is this wise?

Memorize this verse today:

"But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him."
~James 1:5

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