Wise heart

'If your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed.' Proverbs 23:15 NIV

As we grow up, we may sometimes resent what our parents want for us. We may think we know better than they do, but, most of the time, our parents, or youth leaders, or teachers, do know best. They can speak into and positively influence our lives from their experience.

One of the things parents often want for their children is wisdom. Our parents want us to be deliberate in how we lead our lives, and make healthy and positive choices. Solomon wrote this to his son: 'If your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed' (Proverbs 23:15 NIV). So how can we make sure we have a wise heart? We can test the wisdom we receive from others by seeing if it matches with God's Word, and we can ask God directly for his wisdom too.

God's wisdom is far greater and far more extensive than any human wisdom. The Bible says: 'For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding' (Proverbs 2:6 NIV). God's wisdom is different to human wisdom. We're told: 'The wisdom that comes from Heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere' (James 3:17 NIV). And when we have God's wisdom, we change inside too: we're more assured in our steps forward and have peace in our decisions.

So what now? Ask God to impart his wisdom to you in the decisions that you need to make. You will definitely feel more peace as you make wise choices.

Soulfood: Judg 7:1-25 Judg 8 Judg 9:1-33 Matt 16:13-28 Ps 119:65-72 Pro 17:23-26,

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