Bible Reading: I Kings 3:5-15
Key Verse: Verse 12 - “Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee."
Key Words: I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart
Wisdom and discernment seem to walk hand in hand much like grace and salvation. Wisdom can be gained by looking back, but great wisdom is attained through God’s discernment and looking forward.
Just think if Adam and Eve would have looked forward rather than having to learn by looking back...and so it is with so many such as Abraham (Genesis 12), David (II Samuel 11), or the children of Israel (Numbers 13).
We try to hide our lack of wisdom...like the man who bought a yacht. His wife was nervous because he had no experience in sailing. But he knew he could handle it and so for weeks he practiced in the harbor before taking it out to sea. Finally, he talked his nervous wife into going on the yacht with him. Gingerly she stepped board. Out into theharbor they headed and he tried to put her at ease. He said, “Honey, look, I practiced enough in this harbor to know where every rock, every reef, every sand bar is.” At that very moment a huge hidden rock beneath the surface made a large crunching sound from stem to stem. “There is one of them going by now,” he said sheepishly.
Great wisdom is better before the fact than after. Amen?! Remember, you don’t have to be listed in “Who’s Who” to know what’s what.
What to do:
✞ Remember the old Fram Oil Filter commercial?
“You can pay me now, or pay me later.”
Great wisdom pays now.
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