The Parent Race: Week 1 - Day 4

Opening Prayer: 

Lord, bless me with an open mind and an understanding of your word. I thank you for this time and pray that after spending time with you, I will reflect you better and live in a way that puts a smile on your face. I pray this in the glorious and beautiful name of Jesus, Amen.

 

Read: Proverbs 2: 6-7, NIV

“6 For the Lord gives Wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless.”” 

 

Reflect: 

We live in a world today where all the information on any given topic is simply “a click away”. How many times have you been in a conversation about something and someone says, “Just Google it”? The problem with this is that much of what we find out on the “information super highway” isn’t always accurate. Much of what we read is more heavily weighted by opinion, not fact. How do we know what’s “real” or “not real”? We consider the source. To be really sure, we verify the source. Once we do this, we can be much more at ease about whether the information we’re reading is truthful or not.

If we apply this principle to today’s scripture, we can rest assured it’s the truth. King Solomon, the wisest man ever, is the source. In 1 Kings, we read that God does, in fact, bless Solomon with a “wise and discerning heart” (1 Kings 3:12). Because Solomon bypassed asking for “health and wealth”, but rather asked for wisdom, God granted his desire. God continues to tell Solomon that there will never be another like him. So, in reading today’s scripture verse, we know the source. We know it’s truth. But in “digging a little deeper”, we discover the REAL source…. GOD. God is the one and true source of knowledge and understanding. Like Solomon, we must go to God with humility and gratefulness, and ask for God’s wisdom and discernment. Not only will God provide it, we’re told when we live our lives like this, God will protect us (be our shield) and bless us far more than we can imagine.   

 

  

Apply: 

 In ALL situations, go to God first. Don’t ask for a specific outcome. Ask God for his knowledge and discernment and how to proceed based on his will, not yours. Then live a life that’s upright and pleasing to God. Also, read 1 Kings 3:1-15. And, here’s a practical tip: if you’re unsure about something and/or how you should proceed and you’re a “techy” person (one that likes to get your information from the internet), you can “Google it.” However, “Google it” like this: in the search engine, type “What does the Bible say about _______?” This will be the best place to start your information search… the true source, the word of God.

Closing Prayer: 

Lord God, I thank you for your word. I thank you that when we come to you and ask, you provide. Like Solomon, I come to you and ask for your wisdom, your understanding and discernment. In a fast-paced and confusing world where the truth can be hard to find, bless your people with a humble heart to seek you and to serve you with the knowledge and understanding that only you can provide. I pray that I will always first seek both your righteousness and kingdom in all that I say and do. Allow me to receive your blessing, Father, that I might bless those around me and be a true reflection of the one and only source of wisdom, knowledge and understanding… YOU, Lord. It’s in the life-saving and the life-giving name of Jesus I pray, Amen!

Terry Schneider