Job12:13 (MSG) “True wisdom and real power belong to God; from Him we learn how to live, and also what to live for.” Job 28: 23-24 (ESV) “God understands the way (wisdom) and He knows its place. For He looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.”(italics mine)
How would you define wisdom? Wisdom is a noun. Wisdom is God. It is defined as the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight. Prov. 2: 1-8 give the benefits of wisdom which come in the waiting time. “My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom! From His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to Him. Proverbs 2:10 shares, “For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.” Awesome! Not only do we receive wisdom into our heated battles through the Holy Spirit, we also receive joy! We need wisdom and joy in our fiery waits.
We do not have to be afraid in our waiting times. We are waiting in God’s timetable not our own. God is up to something behind the scenes on your behalf. So be patient in your waiting times. “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 NLT
The goal of the pain of waiting + obedience =blessings, joy and rewards in our pain. As we rely on God, trusting Him, He blesses us!
How do we quench the fury of waiting? By turning to God asking for wisdom and being still. As we get still, we begin to hear what are own thoughts are as we encounter our self, our challenges, our worries and deep concerns. Prayer helps us to get in touch with our self and God. As we experience Him we are comforted and encouraged. We are able to quench the fiery challenge of waiting by being in a close relationship with Jesus through prayer, stillness and meditating on Him and His Word. It does take us getting still before Him. He showers us with His living water, His holiness and in the process purifies our lives. It’s in the fire, you are made holy. In the purification process, impurities are being burned off. We receive our self and God’s presence when we are still. In the fires of life, we get tired. We get discouraged. I need Jesus’ cooling waters of wisdom in my life to refresh my parched spirit. John 4:14-24 (NLT) 14″ But those who drink the
water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
excerpt from Holly’s upcoming book:
“Reigning Fire: Discovering Holy Spirit Grace in Your Fiery Trials”