Discerning

Discerning

Today’s Scripture Selection: Proverbs 14:6

“The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.”

Discernment – it’s one the most valuable things we can nurture in order to grow as a person and as a child of God.

I believe it is also one of the things that God loves to give to us – if only we ask for it.

I think of King Solomon – who was wise enough to ask for it – when he could have asked for a million other things.  When a young man and a young king, he could have been tempted to ask God for wealth or power – but he asked for wisdom.

God willingly granted that humble request.

And this allowed Solomon, according to tradition, to write the Proverbs in which we find great wisdom today.

Think of some of the things you have craved in the past.

Think of how, when you thought better of it, you have asked for direction from God.

Now think of which request resulted in growth, or contentment, or strength, or hope, or healing.

I bet it was when you asked God for direction – rather than some lesser prize.

So treasure discernment.  It will get you out of trouble time and again.

But more than that, it will bring you just that much closer to the heart and mind of God.

And what a gift that is.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for helping me to be discerning, when I need to be, most of all.  AMEN.

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