When Solomon began his reign as king of Israel, the Lord asked him what he would like to have. Solomon asked the Lord for an understanding heart – wisdom to rule his people and to make correct decisions. As a result, the Lord granted him wisdom, riches, and honor, and he is remembered as the wisest man who ever lived.
We too need an understanding heart to make the right decisions and to have lives that are pleasing to our Lord! How we need wisdom in this world of uncertainty and chaos!
First of all, there is no true understanding, no true wisdom, apart from God’s Word and a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ! “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple” (Psalms 119:130). The Bible tells us that “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10). Have you received Him in your life as your personal Savior? If not, there is no way you can be truly wise!
There is a true story that illustrates the power of God’s Word to save and transform lives! Many years ago a missionary traveled by horse and buggy through a small mountain town in Brazil and sold Bibles to the inhabitants of that place. Many families bought Bibles and began reading them. The village priest found out and went around town confiscating the Bibles from the homes of the people. Two of the families in that place hid their Bibles, refused to give them to the priest when he came by, and continued reading God’s Word. As a result, one of those families got saved, and today, three generations later, some of their loved ones are pastors, missionaries, and servants of the Lord! Two of those are our son-in-law and daughter-in-law. Their grandfather would go to the train station in that small town and give out tracts to the people traveling through, and many were saved as a result of his life. God’s Word is powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword! God’s Word is dynamite! Truly, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
Once we are saved, we continue to need God’s Word for wisdom day by day! We need the Bible to help us live our lives in complete consecration to Him! We need the Bible so that we may shine in this dark world and be a testimony for God’s glory. “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15).
We need to walk in wisdom, and the only way to do so is to spend time each day reading the Bible, meditating upon it, and obeying it! Some people may even read God’s Word but fail to obey His commands and fail to serve Him faithfully. They do not walk in wisdom! “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22). May we walk with the Lord every day, obeying His Word, giving our all to Him, and living for Him!
Thought: Oh, that the Lord would help us truly value the great treasure that we have in the Bible!
Witten by Mrs. Lydabelle B. Barrett (One of our Missionaries in Brazil; and she is also Mrs. Dorothy Bieber’s sister. Mrs. Bieber is a staff and church member of Tabernacle).