A Heart of Wisdom (June 20)

From Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson

July 20

A Heart of Wisdom

Today’s Scripture Readings:  Psalms 76:10-12 | 2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17 | Romans 6:1-23 | Proverbs 19:20-21

Today’s Scripture Focus: 2 Chronicles 1:1 – 3:17

“Give me wisdom and knowledge to rule them properly for who is able to govern this great nation of yours?”(2 Chronicles 1:10 NLT).

If you were given an opportunity to receive one thing from God, what would you ask for? A computer glitch where the billions from Bill Gates’ bank account get transferred into yours? Perhaps you’d prefer to ask for the opportunity to have Willard Scott tell you how beautiful you are on your 100th birthday. Or would you prefer the honor of being the president of the United States of America (with all the office’s power, prestige, honor and headaches)? Solomon faced such a choice. What did he choose? 

He bypassed all the selfish possibilities, and asked for the thing he most needed: wisdom. God was so pleased by his choice, that he gave him wealth, long life and honor too. All he asked for and so much more! Solomon made the choice we all need to make, he asked for wisdom. It’s a choice we need to make daily. Life is filled with confusing choices and too many options. It takes an hour just to get down the cereal aisle these days with all the options—and that is one of life’s easier decisions. What about all the moral dilemmas? What about the tough calls? What about the decisions that will impact my life and my family forever?

God is always pleased when we ask for wisdom. His word makes it clear that it is ours for the asking. He delights in giving it to us, whenever we need it.

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him (James 1:5. NIV). 

God invites you to ask. He gives wisdom generously. He never faults us for coming back again for more of it. He never grows tired of our daily requests for more of his wisdom. He is all-wise and there is nothing that causes him confusion.  

Take the time today to open your heart to Jesus. Tell him all your troubles, your concerns and problems. Ask him your questions. Then listen for his wisdom. Through his word and by the still, small voice of his Spirit, he has some wisdom for you today.

Heavenly Father, I stand in need of your wisdom today. Guide me into your truth and direct my steps. Give insight and discernment in the application of wisdom to my life. In Jesus name, Amen.

About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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