by Dr. Charles Stanley
Friday July 22, 2005
The Blessings of Wisdom
The world claims there are many ways to attain a successful, rewarding life: education, material wealth, public recognition, or even service to the less fortunate. But in the end, nothing will satisfy unless God is a factor.
When we choose to walk wisely, however, God will bless us abundantly. (John 10:10) Not only will we have intimacy with the Lord, clear guidance, and divine protection, but we will also receive divine power to walk circumspectly before Him. Wisdom—understanding God’s perspective on our circumstances and responding accordingly—brings us the strength to stand firm in our faith and choose God's way. It also helps us to calmly accept the hardships in our lives. Our sovereign God knows the extent of our difficulties. Out of His love for us, He sets a limit to them and uses even our darkest hours for His good purposes. Wise people are convinced this is true; they will enjoy the supernatural peace promised by Christ and will live in the favor of the Lord. (Proverbs 8:34-35)
Lastly, God wants to prosper His people. Spiritual wealth comes to those who increase their understanding of God and apply His ways to their lives. This is His first priority for us. But He also knows our material needs. As we make application of biblical principles with regard to our finances, possessions, and use of time, we will benefit materially as well.
God stands ready to pour out His choicest blessings — power, supernatural peace, divine favor, and spiritual prosperity — on those who draw near to Him and submit to His plan.
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