Seize the Moment – Day 930

Pray for Wisdom!

2 Chronicles 1


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Monday, October 3.


What do you ask God for when you are facing a hard decision?


As a pastor, I pray regularly for God’s wisdom and knowledge. Apart from God’s Spirit at work in me, I cannot properly shepherd God’s people, effectively discern situations or counsel others, rightly study God’s Word, or accurately communicate God’s timeless truths through my teaching, preaching, and writing ministry (1 Corinthians 2:12-14).


In the beginning of his kingship, Solomon feared God. The story of his rule in 2 Chronicles 1 began with him sacrificing one thousand burnt offerings to God at the tent of meeting, and God responded to his act of faithfulness with an opportunity, “Ask what I shall give you?” (6-7). In 2 Chronicles 1:10, Solomon seized the moment by answering, “Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people, for who can rule this great people of Yours?” It was this decision which gave Solomon such great success as the king of Israel. God honored his humility and poured out riches, fame, and favor upon him (11-17).


In James 1:5-6, followers of Jesus are commanded to make the same request of God,
“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.”


In today’s world, we are bombarded by a mixed bag of information and a hodgepodge of ideas that can easily lead us astray. We need wisdom and knowledge to build our lives upon a firm foundation, discern right from wrong, and to act with justice and righteousness.


Seize the moment and start with the fear the Lord – this “is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10; cf. Proverbs 1:7; Psalm 111:10).

God bless you!


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