Guidance or Wisdom

You have probably never heard of William Lamb, otherwise known as Lord Melbourne. He has a claim to fame the fact that he mentored a young lady named Victoria when she was between the ages of 18 and 21. One day (when Victoria was 18) he announced to her that she was now Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, and his next action is so remarkable. He opened the Bible with her and took her to the Old Testament, where they read together from the story of Solomon.  

Solomon, like Victoria, had been appointed to the throne. One night early in his reign, God appeared to him in a dream and offered him anything he wanted. This was Solomon’s response: “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (2 Chron. 1:10) This pleased God so much that He granted Solomon the wisdom and knowledge he had asked for and, in addition, great wealth and fame. As a result of the wisdom he received, we know Solomon today as the primary author of what we call the wisdom books of the Old Testament.

There are times in life when we need guidance and times when we need wisdom. Sometimes we need to be told what to do or where to go, and sometimes we need to evaluate the situation ourselves and make a decision based on judgment. Generally speaking, we need guidance when we are young and wisdom when we are older. Children need a lot of guidance, and as they mature they need to develop wisdom so that they can make decisions as adults. That’s not to say that adults don’t ever need guidance; however, in most cases, they are expected to have wisdom. 

Wisdom and guidance are not necessarily exclusive of one another. Someone can work through an issue with wisdom and then be given guidance. Someone else can begin by seeking guidance, and part of that guidance can come through wisdom. We need to be open to both, ready to receive help however God gives it.

God has given us the resources of prayer, the Word, and wise counselors. Are you seeking to grow in wisdom? Do you ask God for wisdom when you face a decision? Do you meditate on what the scriptures mean in your life? Do you have older, wiser believers you can turn to for advice?

Bible verse 

2 Chronicles 1:1‭-‬13 ESV

(A)Solomon the son of David established himself in his kingdom, (B)and the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great.

Solomon spoke to all Israel, to the (C)commanders of thousands and of hundreds, to the judges, and to all the leaders in all Israel, the heads of fathers’ houses. And Solomon, and all the assembly with him, went to (D)the high place that was at Gibeon, (E)for (F)the tent of meeting of God, which Moses the servant of the Lord had made in the wilderness, was there. (G)(But David had brought up the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim to the place that David had prepared for it, for he had pitched a tent for it in Jerusalem.) Moreover, (H)the bronze altar that (I)Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, had made, was there before the tabernacle of the Lord. And Solomon and the assembly (J)sought it[a] out. And Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before the Lord, which was at the tent of meeting, (K)and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it.

(L)In that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask what I shall give you.”And Solomon said to God, “You have shown great and steadfast love to David my father, (M)and have made me king in his place. O Lord God, (N)let your word to David my father be now fulfilled, for you have made me king over a people as numerous (O)as the dust of the earth. 10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge to (P)go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?” 11 God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for (Q)possessions, wealth, honor, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, 12 wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you (R)riches, possessions, and honor, (S)such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.” 13 So Solomon came from[b] the (T)high place at Gibeon, from before (U)the tent of meeting, to Jerusalem. And he reigned over Israel.

PrayerLord, let these things be true of me. Sometimes in the past, I have depended on my own judgment and made foolish decisions. Forgive me and help me to walk by faith in Your wisdom. Help me to turn to the Word, to ask You for wisdom to seek godly counsel.

Source: YouVersion Bible, Wisdom for Right Living •

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