Bible Devotions

God Hears

 

When God says something will happen we can rest assured it will come to pass.  King David wanted to build a house for God, but God said it would not be David, but his son Solomon who would do it (1 Chronicles 28:3). 

 

Fast forward to 2 Chronicles 7:11 NKJV “Thus Solomon finished the house of the Lord and the king’s house:  and Solomon successfully accomplished all that came into his heart to make in the house of the Lord and in his own house.”  See.  God said Solomon would build the house of the Lord and Solomon really did finish it.

 

When the Lord calls someone to do something for His kingdom, He equips.  One of Solomon’s purposes from God was to complete the Lord’s house.  With God’s help, he not only did it, but he “successfully accomplished all that came into his heart”.  Everything God plants in our heart to do, He makes happen. 

 

It is so encouraging to know God can be trusted to follow through on whatever He promises.  So when we read 2 Chronicles 7:14 we should have great joy: “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

 

God will hear, forgive and heal, if we choose to humble our self before Him.  As we agree with God about our sins, seek Him and turn from our old ways, He will hear and respond.  That was the case for me.  Once I humbled myself, confessed my sins, He answered me, forgave me and healed me.  All that’s left is for me to continue carrying out God’s purpose in my life, as He reveals it to me.  This I know: He is the One working it out through me.  My part is willing obedience to Him.

 

How about you?  Have you humbled yourself before the Lord?  Have you agreed with God about your sin?  Are you seeking His forgiveness?  Why wait?  He’s waiting.  He will answer when you turn to Him.

 Lord, thank you for hearing us when we humble our self before you.  Thank you for your forgiveness.  Thank you for being faithful to answer us.  Draw us near.  May we always hear you.  In Jesus’ name Amen.  
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Wisdom

 

He who gets wisdom loves his soul; he who keeps understanding will find good.  Proverbs 19:8 NKJV

 

Wisdom is something we all need.  Some of us think we have wisdom, yet in time our decisions prove otherwise.  Solomon had much knowledge and wisdom to pass on his son.  Lucky for us he wrote a lot of it down.  Now, we have the opportunity to learn from those who have gone before us. 

 

How do we obtain wisdom?

Some might say we study and try to learn everything we can.  Others might say you collect it throughout your life with experience that comes from each passing year.  But what does the Bible say?  James 1:5 says “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

 What is wisdom?

Wisdom is an attribute of God.  He is wisdom.  He is sovereign and sees the beginning and the end of everything.  He knows all possibilities and how things will play out.  When we ask for wisdom we ask for a part of God.

 

How do we keep understanding?

Understanding comes from God too.  He has provided us 66 books of understanding for our instruction.  In order to keep understanding our first step is to read about God’s commandments.  With the power of the Holy Spirit in us, we are able to keep His commandments.  Proverbs 19:16 says “He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is careless of his ways will die.”  Notice keeping understanding or commandments requires effort on our part.  Matthew 7:7-8 says “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.” If we are careless with our ways we die. 

 What is good?

The opening verse says “he who keeps understanding will find good”, but what is good?  Jesus told us in Matthew 19:17 “No one is good but One, that is, God.  But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” Therefore, good is God.  He who keeps understanding will find God. 

 

Wisdom and understanding are critical components of salvation.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying read more and you’ll saved, for salvation is not based on human efforts of earning our way to heaven.  But I am saying God’s Word contains what we need to guide us into a right relationship with God.  When we have “listened to its counsel” we will find God and know his perfect will – that none should perish but that all should be saved through faith in Jesus Christ. 

 

Wisdom and understanding are more than just that.  They provide us guidance for every day life.  They instruct us on how to respond to every kind of problem, conflict or issue we may face.

 

Proverbs 19:20 says “Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days.” 

 Lord, may we be wise in seeking you first in all we do, say, and think.  Lead us by your Word and Spirit that we may be wise in our all affairs.  In Jesus’ name Amen.   © Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.  For more articles, devotions and book reviews, visit http://www.ThinkOnItDevotions.com today.

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