“Wisdom isn’t being knowledgeable about situations, but being mature enough to trust God in the midst of trials.” – Unknown (well to me)
I don’t know where I got this quote from, but I do know it was the first week of Winter Consecration. I had been dealing with a lot at the time and I continued to ask God for clarification and understanding on that situation. Now if you know me, I hold in a lot, but there are times when I hold in so much the only way to release it is to shed tears. Tears because I don’t know how to deal, tears because I need God to step in and provide answers, and tears because, at times, I question my ability to make a sound decision without attaching a negative and opposing thought to it. So as I began to study the Word, the following words came to me, which I even forgot I wrote:
“In 2018, Wisdom, real wisdom, will come when we learn to change the way we see and talk about a situation. The tongue is the most powerful tool a human has, and we speak into existence what we want (Romans 4:17), and we also speak destruction when we put our mouths on things we shouldn’t. Wisdom, and seeking true wisdom in Christ, will allow us to see things in a different light, not being naïve, passive, or pessimistic, but being mindful that God is in control of every situation. In those times of uncertainty, we should see life, faith, and a hope that God will see us through.”
Now, going back and reading what I wrote made me laugh because now I ask myself the question, well isn’t that common sense?? But I believe that wisdom goes beyond common sense. Out of concern for our current circumstances, common sense will have us to act out of what we know, sometimes in our flesh, without thinking about the different consequences that will arise. Wisdom, on the other hand, tells us to pray without ceasing, and trust God to guide us before making a rash decision.
I know, this sounds boring, and to be honest, when I wrote that little passage I probably rolled my eyes because it’s not the thing I wanted to write at the time, but it was what I needed to get out. Now that I think about it, I remember going to church the following Sunday, holding back tears, listening to my pastor preach “How to get to Recovery? (sidebar: I GOT WHAT IT TAKES), and thinking …how can I have what it takes, when I feel so helpless and weak. The pastor said something that hit hard “Stop looking for people to boost you up.” Ok….now I’m in crybaby mode…..and as I’m crying I stopped thinking and wrote on the next page of my paper, and I pray this was the Lord:
“I’m going to give you back the one person you need besides me……YOU!!!”
I believe in 2018, and going forward, the Lord is going to stop allowing us to fit a mold, a persona of who everyone wants us to be and recover the REAL US, that he has called us to be. It’s going to take some cold, hard truths, and a tough battle, but it will be worth it. It’s time to stop doubting what God is doing is start trusting that what he is taking us through will make us stronger if we don’t faint and keep moving.
James 1: 2-8 (NIV): Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.