A Smart Heart


by Patty Schell


In a life-changing moment, God appears to a very young King Solomon and says, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you” (1 Kings 3:5 NIV*).


Boy, is this ever a loaded proposition. Our minds start to run wild with all the possibilities. I wonder if Solomon’s did too before he came upon the correct answer, or maybe God had prepared his heart for this very moment. No matter what the case may be, when it came down to it, he knew what he was going to need to fill King David’s shoes effectively.


“Now, LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties . . . So, give your servant a discerning heart. ” ~ Solomon, found in 1 Kings 3:6-9


A Discerning Heart Equals Wisdom.


Out of all the things that can be asked of God, a discerning heart perhaps is the most useful. Solomon knew he needed God’s wisdom to lead the people entrusted to his care. A heart lead by God was an excellent choice, considering he could not successfully rule over God’s people without God’s ways.


But Solomon is not alone when it comes to needing wisdom in life’s choices. It is essential to us, too. Jesus told us the following,


“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)


Our job may not be as complicated as managing a whole nation, but God’s wisdom will certainly come in handy towards living victoriously. Jesus went on to say in Matthew 7:8, “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” The beauty of belonging to God is we can seek His wisdom in all matters. We don’t have to guess about things. We have access to the best information there is available to navigate through life.


James adds to this thought in his book by saying, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5). This may be important for some to hear. Let me say it again. If you lack wisdom, ask God for it. He gives it generously and without criticizing. He is not sitting up in heaven somewhere thinking, they should know this by now! He wants us to ask. He tells us to ask, promising He will deliver an answer to our question.


Towards the end of this passage in Matthew 7, Jesus concludes His thoughts on asking for wisdom (and other applications for living well) with this,


“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house one the rock.” (Matthew 7:24)


Asking for wisdom is simply a smart thing to do if we want to live in victory. Asking God for wisdom builds a steady life through our reliance on Him. It shows our confidence in His ways and reaffirms our commitment to belong to Him. And when we belong to God, discernment and good judgement are only a question away.


Just ask.


“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)


Are you currently experiencing a circumstance in which your life feels a little challenged in the “living in victory” department? The good news is God’s got what you need. He says, “Call on me,” but what does that look like?

  • Start with prayer. Ask God to quiet your spirit and give you clear thought.
  • Remember God’s character. Does His character give you any clues about how you should forward in your circumstance?
  • Look to His Word. What does His word say about dealing with your circumstance?
  • Consider God’s purposes. In the big picture, what is God’s desire for us and the world around us? How might this circumstance and your reaction to it be part of that plan?
  • Act on what God reveals. Part of living victoriously is walking in God’s wisdom, doing the things He would do. It not only reinforces His character, His Word, and His purpose within us, but it also pours out onto others around us, making the world a better place. Trust that God’s plan is always the best plan.
  • Pray again. Release your circumstance to God and watch Him work. He indeed will show you great and unsearchable things you do not know.


Everybody wins from a heart that seeks God’s wisdom and chooses to act on it. I pray you call upon the Lord in your circumstance. Live in victory. Choose to have a smart heart.

 

*All Scripture verses are taken from the NIV.

© Copyright 2019 by Patty Schell

 

Patty Schell constantly looks for opportunities to show hospitality to others, loves serving her community, and enjoys getting to know new places and cultures. Through these activities, God reveals His stories of faith, hope, and love, and she means to tell others about them every chance she gets. You can see what she’s up to at her award-winning blog, Girl on Adventure. You may also want to check out her devotional study journal, Legacy: Living NOW for Future Generations, available on Amazon.

 

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Comments (2)

  • anon

    "Act on what God reveals..." What wonderful counsel. How many times in my life have I been guided in what to do by the Holy Spirit, only to go in a different direction (the one I wanted to go in) and fail. Great wisdom in these words ladies.

    May 07, 2019
  • anon

    Patty and Katy, What a wonderful message and so timely (for me!) and for others, I'm sure. We all have those inner struggles--"How do I know God's will in this situation?" Oh! To have the wisdom and discernment God granted to Solomon! I needed your guidance in this area and your message inspired  me to pray. Thank you!

    May 07, 2019

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