Bible Study & Devotional (Day 232)
Receiving Correction How to Make Yourself Wise
written by: LaVonda McCullough
A lot of us make plans. So many, in fact, that it’s hard to keep track of them all. But what good are they if they’re not God’s plans?
That’s where wisdom comes in.
The Lord gives us the knowledge to help us discern His plans for us from the multitude of our own, but it is essential to receive correction and instruction and how it leads to greater wisdom.
I often remind myself that I’m an overcoming perfectionist and planner by nature.
I soon learned that I needed to be open to receiving wisdom from others. However, not all voices are created equal. Some will offer valuable insight, while others will fill your head with rubbish. The key is to find the right people to seek out advice.
I must admit I don’t know everything.
There is an old saying that wisdom comes with age. This saying is especially true when it comes to making important decisions. When you face a problem or a problematic situation, it is always best to seek the advice of someone who has already been through it.
There is no substitute for experience, and a wise person can often offer the guidance you would never find on your own. In addition, getting advice from someone who has experienced what you’re going through can help put your problems into perspective. Sometimes, all it takes to find the right solution is hearing the wisdom of someone who has been there.
Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, said it best when he wrote in the book of Proverbs: “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:6). Wise decisions are made by acknowledging God first and seeking His wisdom. When making a decision, talk to someone you trust for counsel- someone with experience and knowledge in the area you need help overcoming.
Finally, pray for guidance before moving forward. You can be sure that if you follow these simple steps, God will direct your path and give you the wisdom you need to make sound decisions. It’s important to remember that even though we may not know everything, it’s okay to be humbled and seek wisdom from those who have gone before us.
Who will you talk to when making your next big decision?
This devotional was submitted by LaVonda McCullough, a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose. Edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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