There have been many times in my life when I have prayed for wisdom and discernment. During times of uncertainty..times when I wasn’t sure what to believe. It is during those times when we tend to seek God more anyways. Do we listen though? Do we wait and really pay attention when He gives us signs or answers? Or, do we seek Him and then charge on ahead of Him..not really waiting for that discernment that comes from being patient (still)..?
It can be really easy to take things into our own hands instead of patiently waiting on God to guide our steps. How often does acting before thinking..or not thinking before speaking turn into something good? Not very often. It takes learning to wait on God and desiring to reflect Him in everything for things to change. It takes the desire to be perfectly in His will..desiring His will.
Proverbs 28:26 ~ Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.
Pay attention to every little thing when you are wanting the discernment that comes from God. Pay attention to others who are on “solid food” and more mature in their walk with Christ. Pay attention to the Word of God..it’s not fiction.
God wants good for us. He desires for us to want what He wants for us..(also known as ~ His Will). His will is for our good. Never to harm us.
Jeremiah 29:11(NIV) ~ “For I know the plans I have for you.” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
~ How do we learn how to discern between true and false, right and wrong?
Hebrews 5:14(NIV) ~ But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
You see, in Hebrews 5:12-14, the writer is talking about how, in order for us to grow from infant Christians to mature Christians, we have to learn discernment.
So….to learn how to discern good from bad(or evil), we have to train ourselves to do this. This takes training our minds, our bodies, our senses, and our consciences to discern true from false and good from bad.
Just as if we were training for a race or whatever. It takes practice and consistency. It takes staying on the solid food. We can’t go back to baby food and expect to learn discernment.
We can train ourselves by studying God’s Word and then applying it to our lives. Spending special quality time with God without rushing it. It shouldn’t be treated like a duty…it’s a privilege to spend time with Him.
Proverbs 2:6 ~ For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Do you desire that Godly wisdom and Godly discernment? Time to get on and stay on the solid food then. I know that sounds blunt and point-blank, but that’s just the truth.
Proverbs 1:5 ~ let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance-
There is no fooling God. He knows our true selves..He knows all. Yet, He still desires a relationship with us. How awesome is that?
He truly waits patiently for us to turn to Him and say, “God I can’t do this anymore on my own..Father God I need YOU.” Then, He takes us by the hand and He walks with us..sometimes even carrying us. He never leaves us. That’s what happens when we accept Him as Lord and Savior. Then we begin the process of growing in our spiritual maturity. We can’t stay on the milk forever.
Until Next Time,
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