Every once in a while, I take care of my friend’s dog Jewel while she is away. By the way, I love this dog and we have bonded. She gets so excited when I arrive at the house and I am elated by her greeting.
But early on I had to do all sorts of coaching to get her to go into her crate before I left. When she was finally settled, I got excited, patting myself on the back. I’d say to her “Good girl; good bye, see you tomorrow. I love you.”
One day while I was visiting my friend, who is Jewel’s owner, Jewel was roaming around the house. My friend and I were about to leave for lunch when she said, “Jewel—crate.” Then, obediently, she walked to her crate. I thought to myself, WOW! Is this all I had to say.?
I get so tickled when I go to the house now. When I am ready to leave, I just say “Jewel, go to your crate” No more sweat. No more saying, “Come get a treat” to bribe her to go to her crate. 🙂 Knowledge and wisdom provide power.
The word of God says in James 1:5: “If anyone lacks wisdom let him ask.” I never thought of asking my friend, “How do you get your dog to obey and get to her crate?” I did not know there was a better way—a painless way.
Many times, we don’t ask the Lord to give us wisdom for a situation before we act. I believe we try to do things on our own and we get stuck, but God is waiting for us to ask him for help.
Isaiah 41:13 says, “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.” He is saying, “I know what you are thinking; here I am, ask me, I know everything. I want to help you.” Psalm 139:2 says, “You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.”
He is also saying, “Speak to me my child; I am just a breath away.” “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7–8). What a God we serve!
We must choose to pursue wisdom. It’s up to each of us to determine how we will walk through this life. Wisdom is not something a person stumbles into or acquires automatically. It must be sought out and pursued.
We must take responsibility for applying wisdom to our lives. The person who walks in wisdom feels a responsibility for his actions and use of time. He or she knows that they have been given a limited quantity of minutes, hours, days, months, and years. They are aware that that those hours must be spent in a way that produces the largest amount of good. God has entrusted them with certain resources that must be used to further His kingdom.
Will you pursue God to fill you with His wisdom? He’s waiting; He is only a breath away. Jewel taught me that all I had to do was ask.
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