How can I know if I have God’s wisdom or not?
1. Is it consistent with what God’s Word says on a matter?
We can pray and pray and ask God for help but God’s answer will never contradict Scripture. God’s Word is God’s wisdom and God’s will. Are my leanings in this decision consistent with what God’s Word indicates ought to be the priorities for a man wanting to do God’s will?
2. Does this proposition help further God’s goals in my life?
The goal of a trial is to make us spiritually mature. Am I pursing that goal as well or running from the opportunity, pain, challenge, or whatever?
3. Does it sound like “wisdom from heaven” (James 3:17)?
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
4. Is it likely that Satan isn’t pleased with it?
There are times when I haven’t known what God wanted me to do but sometimes it’s easier to figure out what Satan would like me to do. Figure out what he would want and then do the opposite.
5. Does this lead to God being glorified in my dependence on Him?
Wisdom will always lead us to depend on God more. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not unto your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your path straight. Prov. 3:5-6.
Straight paths doesn’t mean easy paths. It simply means that by trusting in God’s wisdom in the day-to-day of life, my path is marked out for me. Men famously hate to ask for directions. Real men do and when we humbly ask, our direction is set and our paths our straight guided by the wisdom of God.
Our failures in this are one more reason to worship Christ. His paths were straight but painful. The only real Man who has ever lived trusted the wisdom of His heavenly Father even in the darkest moments. Father if there is any way for this cup to pass from me, let it be so, nevertheless, not my will but your will be done.
Our failures to trust the wisdom of God are another reason to admire our Savior. Who…
When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 1 Peter 2:23 (NIV)
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