6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. — Proverbs 2:6
More Than A Feeling
by Jim Cumbee
Have you ever known someone who was really smart, but who lacked common sense? Suppose you aren’t feeling well, so you go to a doctor who runs a test on you. The doctor then tells you the chemistry behind the test, but he can’t look at the test results to develop a diagnosis or prescription. Knowing what the test is is knowledge. Knowing what the test means is understanding.
The thrust of our devotional series has been to love God thoughtfully. We’ve been reflecting on what that means and how to do it, and today’s passage is instructive. Proverbs 2:6 encourages us to use both our heart and head in our walk of faith. To love God thoughtfully, we need to seek knowledge and understanding from the Lord, and we do this through reading Scripture. How do you know you are hearing the wisdom of the Lord? You are reading His Word.
God speaks through Scripture. We’ve all been in situations where we needed wisdom from the Lord. I am dealing with a difficult decision right now that has driven me to Scripture. I have enough life experience to know this: making a decision, especially a difficult decision, just using my own thought process will usually end up badly. That’s why I seek wisdom from the Lord, and to hear His knowledge and wisdom, I go straight to Scripture. I don't rely on my own understanding.
God calls us into a relationship with Him based on knowledge, not just feeling. Through what we know from Him we will develop understanding. Reading Scripture and understanding how it applies in your life is the essence of loving God with all your heart, soul and mind. So next time someone asks you, “How do you feel about Jesus?” you can tell them that what you know through Scripture is way more important than what you feel.
- Do you know what it means to love God thoughtfully?
- Do you have go-to verses in Scripture to help you understand God's voice?
- Do you have a daily practice of reading God’s Word and asking Him for wisdom and understanding in challenges big and small?
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