Wisdom

Wisdom intrigues me.

The Bible says there is a wisdom that is not from Him: “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness” I Corinthians 3:19.

The Bible also says there is Wisdom from God: “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” James 1:5

I pray for Wisdom from God, and He answers. My Husband is a simple man in many ways, but he prays for Wisdom from God, and there are times when he speaks that I know those words are directly from God.

Do you ever have moments in time when God reveals something to you, and you know this is from Holy God? I do. They are powerful, so powerful that I often feel like I’m standing on Holy Ground. Yesterday I had one of those moments.

God showed me how He has been in control in my Oldest Daughter’s life all these years. He showed me that pulling her out of public school to Home school her at this specific time was His timing. He showed me again that often, simply because we live in a fallen world, we cannot have what is best when we want it. He showed me again that there is often much pain in birthing something that we desire that is good for us, even when that something is from God. There have been many painful years of public school for my daughter. We both longed for her to be home schooled, but my hands were tied. God showed me that it is no coincidence that the chains that bound her to public school were released at the very moment they were. God is Sovereign.

As her Momma, it has been excruciating to watch her experience so.much.pain and not be able to remove the source of that pain. But God has plans for her, as He showed me again yesterday, and He has never stopped loving her, or protecting her, or caring for her, or being there for her.

This is always hard for me to wrap my mind around, but God also always gives me a peace about it, too. Life is hard, painful, difficult, fraught with strife … and often simply because we live in a fallen world. I do not buy into the theory that God does these things to us to make us stronger, to purify us, to whatever. He can, but I do not think we can or should attribute every painful experience in life to that. I do believe that He uses everything to purify us, to bring glory to Him, if we allow Him to, but I don’t think He looks down on us and says, “Ame’s daughter is 7 and needs to be purified! I’m going to send her through hell on earth to purify that kid before she becomes a heathen!” I think that we live in a fallen world. Bad things happen – sometimes they are by our own choices; sometimes they aren’t. And it would be terrible to even imply to my daughter that she deserved the hell she’s been through and/or that she needed it, so God gave it to her.

I think it’s more accurate to reveal God’s love for her, to her. I think it’s more accurate to let her know that, despite how terrible it’s been, God is going to use this for her good in her life. I think it’s more accurate to help her see and hear and know the One who loves her more than we can ever imagine, the One who will never leave her nor forsake her, the One who is more powerful than any other force anywhere, and that this One, the Great I Am, her Creator, finds her precious and beautiful and valuable beyond measure, and He has incredible plans for her life.

Life is hard, but God is not cruel. We live in a fallen world where even the earth groans and longs for the return of Christ, and He will come again. In the meantime, the battle rages. May we daily put on the armor of God and ask Him to open our eyes to see and our ears to hear, Him.

“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.  For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:10-12

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