“To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
When asked by God what he wished for, Solomon answered, “Wisdom.”
Looking back over your life; if you’d been afforded this same opportunity in your early twenties, what would your response have been?
Like most of us, at that age wisdom probably wasn’t high on our priority list. Instead of asking God, or even your parents for direction, you more than likely turned to your peers.
One such example:
Natalie, a strikingly beautiful girl who’d just turned sixteen, found the advances of an older man extremely difficult to resist. It was so flattering for a young girl to receive such attention. Disregarding all the precepts she’d learned from years of Sunday school, Natalie turned instead to a non-Christian girlfriend for advice. “Go for it” the friend encouraged with gusto.
A decade later that friend has been married and divorced several times. Natalie herself found out too late that her “boyfriend” already had a wife and a baby.
Satan may be out of the garden, but he still finds his way into vulnerable areas of our lives. But God is with you, even in times of sinful temptation. He’s promised to give you the power to withstand such moral crises. This power is of the Holy Ghost, Who shall teach you all things, and bring God’s Word to your remembrance in times of need (John 14:26).
Let us pray ~
Lord, surround me with friends who know You and Your Word. Surround me in crisis so that I can still hear Your voice of wisdom and reason … In Jesus name, amen ….