As I mentioned in the previous post I am currently reading another devotional series.
This is a 7 day devotional entitled: Seeking Wisdom‘ If you want to read the full devotional click on the hyperlink. If not just wait because tomorrow is the completion of the 7 day devotional, feel free to check back to the previous posts about this devotional plan. I will post their devotional with my own reflection piece.
Associated scripture with today’s devotional:
“What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
One of the things I find myself doing ever more these days is applying the scriptures in my life. A few months ago I read a devotional book about having tea with Jesus. This book was so good, I was able to reassess my daily routine and apply the principals of the devotional in to my day. Then in one chapter specifically was about using bible verses to pray. Scriptures were listed and scenarios presented forth as how to use some scriptures in prayers. I began applying this notion to fortify my prayers, to incorporate god’s word in my personal prayers and hopefully in doing so strengthening my prayers with God. I also taught my children. They too apply this concept in praying.
In teaching my class I also apply our lessons to real time current day status and situations. I even bring up issues that are relate-able to them so that they can see that from the ages of 4-9, they can still apply the scriptures in to their lives.
So now to today’s devotional: Day 6 Mala Ministries:
After four long years of medical school, the day had finally arrived for Ava Ann to step into her role as a medical resident. It was time for her to put into practice the vast amounts of knowledge she had received during her four long years at medical school. Various pieces of information from over the years muddled together in her mind. Throughout the duration of the remainder of her career, she would be responsible for making crucial decisions, the results of which would drastically affect the lives of those involved.
She knew that she had been equipped; she was only unsure that she would be able to apply the information she had learned. She knew that the knowledge she had attained wasn’t enough; the accurate application of it was necessary in order to fulfill her responsibilities. The long days and nights of studying arduously would only pay off when that knowledge manifested itself in action.
The same could be said of any of our professions. The facts only get us so far. Applying the facts with the right technique is what results in a job well done. We consider this a common-sense concept when it comes to our secular lives; yet, applying this to our spiritual lives can sometimes be a daunting task.
Paul knew this all too well, which is why he repeatedly reminded the Philippian church that learning, receiving, hearing and seeing was simply not enough. He challenged them to “practice these things,” knowing fully well that they, just like we, are prone to simply being hearers of the Word, and not doers. Through his letter to the Philippians, he is encouraging us to look beyond the “what” and fervently seek the “how.”
If we ask God for patience, He gives us opportunities to be patient. If we ask God to increase our inclination for generosity, He gives us opportunities to be generous. In our quest for wisdom, then, we must ask ourselves: does God simply grant wisdom, or does He give us opportunities to be wise with the knowledge He has already granted us?
As you go about your day today, ask God to not only bestow you with wisdom, but to open your eyes to the many opportunities He will give you to apply it. And for those of us who worry about whether or not we will be able to apply the right knowledge at the right time, we need only to remind ourselves that “if any of [us] [lack] wisdom, [we] should ask God, who gives generously to all, without finding fault…” (James 1:5).
Father God I thank you for this day. Today is a new day where not only I can glorify your name, but that I could be used as a vessel to be of a blessing to someone else. Father I thank you. I worship your name. Father I ask for you to continue to provide wisdom so that I can continue to be a blessing to my self and someone else. Lord I want to edify others about your word. I want them to see that I too struggle, but in the midst of my struggles I too apply your word in my life. I too seek guidance. May we all be vessels of guidance and hope for one another. Amen.