Posted by: mikenicholsblog | March 9, 2014

a red truck

When I read the words of Jesus, wisdom is easily found. Translating His wisdom to my reality isn’t always easy.  As we begin a new work week today, I am sure each of us would like our words and corresponding actions to be punctuated with wisdom. However, we have all experienced giving intellectual assent to wanting wisdom from above and then making decisions that are anything but from above. But this week can be different!

Just a few years ago I bought a new red vehicle based on its looks, my selfishness, and the smell of the interior. Now that was a thought out, prayerful decision to be sure. When the per-gallon price of gas rose, I was beyond disappointed at myself, and I ended up never truly enjoying the vehicle. I knew better, but made a bad choice. If you are like me, you want your faith to be shown by the wisdom you express each day. When we live from God’s perspective (wisdom), our actions will be appropriate, our words will be pleasing to Him, and our faith will be contagious. Sometimes in life, the challenges take center stage, and faith is relegated to backstage. But in Christ, wisdom for every challenge is available this week, and every week!

Psalm 19:14
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Preparation for each day is a key in letting our faith be pleasing to the Father. There is a direct correlation between how I seek the Lord and how His wisdom is seen in me. The Psalmist shows us the desire we should all seek. When our words and hearts are pleasing to the Father, those around us will see a better picture of how faith works. How have you prepared today? Since daily challenges will never go away, sincere Christ-followers need to prepare their hearts to be pleasing to the Father, and continually ask for wisdom. We may not get all the answers we want, but He will give wisdom, and we can make right choices. If our hearts and words are pleasing in His sight, the words we speak will be punctuated with wisdom.

None of us are sure just how the opportunities of this week will be used by the Father. We can’t fix all of our yesterdays, but this is a new day. Someone will need what you and I have to offer.  As we prepare with a heart that is seeking the Father, our words and actions can have tremendous impact.

James 3:17-18
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace- loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.

We all have a red truck story. With each new day, however, we have the opportunity in Christ to show forth His wisdom. The daily challenges of this week will be opportunities to live out our faith with wisdom. You and I will be tempted to make earth-bound decisions, based on human rationale.  As Christ-followers, we have His wisdom available, and can live on purpose to let faith take center stage. We will never get another chance at today and this week. Therefore, let us be wise!


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