Today's Promise : A Daily Devotional
December 6, 2013
The Way to Wisdom
"For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler for them that walk uprightly" (Proverbs 2:6,7, KJV).
One of my brothers and a sister and I recently stood at the bedside of our 93-year-old mother. The doctor and nurses had just left the room after informing her that she needed a pacemaker for her heart.
After the doctor left, she called us around her. "Now I want you to join with me in prayer," she said. She began to pray, her countenance radiant from the joyful assurance that God was listening and would answer:
"Father in heaven, I need Your help. I do not know if I need a pacemaker, but You do. Tell me what to do, because You know what is best for me."
"Mother," I asked, when she had finished praying, "how will you know when God answers you?"
She replied, "God will tell me what to do as He always does." Later in the day she informed the doctor that she would not need a pacemaker. The doctor was disappointed, and he encouraged her to reconsider.
After he left, I inquired, "Mother, how do you know that you're not to have a pacemaker?"
"Well," she replied, "before I prayed I had an impression that this was the right thing to do because the doctor and nurses felt so strongly, but as I prayed God seemed to take away the desire." Months later we all agreed that she had made the right decision as her health was greatly improved.
For more than 75 years this beloved saint has known the faithfulness of this promise for wisdom. "He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous. He is a buckler for them that walk uprightly."
Is Christ real? Does He give answers to practical problems of life? Inquire of one who has walked with Him for more than three-quarters of a century and you will have no doubts. To achieve this wisdom, you must seek it with all your heart. The world's wisdom, great as it may be cannot begin to measure up to the divine wisdom available to one who faithfully reads, studies, and meditates upon God's Word and who has a close intimate relationship with Him in prayer.
Bible Reading: Proverbs 2:1-5
TODAY'S ACTION POINT: I will seek God's supernatural wisdom by diligently studying God's Word, through prayer and through fellowship with others who walk with God.