October 25 Devotional Questions
Often times, wisdom is most helpful in showing us what we don’t King Solomon asked for wisdom because he saw the challenge ahead, and he knew that he did not have the experience to handle those challenges. Think of a time you did not realize how little you knew and ended up making choices that weren’t wise. Ask God to show you if there have been times you made a decision when you did not seek God’s counsel. Think of the times where you sought God first in circumstances you knew you needed wisdom. Were the outcomes different?
Spend some time in prayer giving to the Lord the scenarios you have thought about.
Ask the Spirit to show you areas where you need to ask for wisdom.
Ask the Lord to show you where he has already given you wisdom and are now being asked to use it.
- Read 1 Kings 3:16-28. The story of Solomon using the gift of wisdom God gave him to render a verdict in deciding who the real mother of an infant was is a well-known one. A closer look at this passage shows that there is perhaps more to the story than we may remember.
Solomon was not only tasked with determining who the rightful mother was, but he was also asked to make this judgement in light of these two women who worked in a less than honourable profession. Yet, how they earned a living did not factor into his decision. He makes no comment about how these children came into being, only seeing how a mother’s love for her son has shown him who the true mother was.
Wisdom often involves determining what the core issue really is. Other issues might be relevant, but they can often entangle the heart of the matter. It doesn’t mean they are unimportant or perhaps not even relevant, but wisdom allows for clarity in focusing on and resolving the primary item.
Think of an issue that you are currently dealing with (or have dealt with in the past if none come to mind.) Ask God to give you wisdom in helping resolve it, but also ask him to reveal to you if there are other items getting in the way of determining what is most important.
- We sometimes make it sound easy to trust God. But, as most of us know, when the rubber meets the road it is more difficult to make the choice to trust.
Proverbs 9 speaks of the value of wisdom, but also of how folly calls out to us, testing us. Read through Proverbs 9, and make note of the call wisdom makes on us, and the call folly makes. The path of wisdom is more difficult, the path of folly seems appealing but only leads to death.
Spend some time before the Lord meditating on this. Ask him once again for wisdom, but also ask him where folly has gained a foothold in your life.
Proverbs 9 speaks of the value of wisdom, but also speaks of how folly is always calling out to us, testing us. Read through Proverbs 9, and make note of the call wisdom makes on us, and the call folly makes. The path of wisdom is more difficult, the path of folly seems appealing but only leads to death.
Seeking God’s counsel and wisdom first in all things must be the first step in resolving challenges. But we must also seek God and ask if there are practical changes that need to be put in place – be it actions, attitudes, or omissions – to defend against folly. What needs to have more of a role in your life to keep you standing on God’s wisdom, and not the lies of folly?
Spend some time before the Lord meditating on this. Ask him once again for wisdom, but also ask him where folly has gained a foothold in your life, and what action needs to be take in your life to grow wisdom, and eliminate folly.