“That you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.” Deuteronomy 30:20
All Solomon asked for was wisdom and it delighted the Lord. (1 Kings 4:29) But what is wisdom? Is it understanding of where a person is coming from as in what they are thinking, what motivates them? Is it being able to have a vison of the future? Or is it something as simple as listening to the voice of God as you read His Word? Could it be praying, listening, and doing? Is that wisdom?
Let me encourage you by saying that the starting point in gaining wisdom is with God. The Psalmist writes, “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will gain wisdom.” (Psalm 111:10) Solomon writes in Proverbs, “Take my words to heart. Follow my commands, and you will live,” (4:4) and in chapter 3 vss. 5, 6—“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” The Wisdom of Solomon (you) is the delight of the Lord. These scriptures show us that wisdom is a characteristic of Jesus, therefore, seek the Lord and you will find wisdom and understanding in any situation in which you may find yourself.
This writing is as though I am writing to myself—as though God is speaking to me. I’m asking for His Wisdom in leading a group of people I have never met and who are suffering from various maladies and all in their old age. I feel I must give them assurance and encouragement. I hope that they realize that even in their old age God can us them to His glory. Job understood this. He wrote, “Wisdom belongs to the aged, and understanding to the old.” (12:12) But even so, “true wisdom and power are found in God, counsel and understanding are His.” (Vs 13)
So, my answer, (and yours) is:–look to the Lord and He will guide you. We must not fear, for if we believe and have faith nothing is impossible—even doing a Bible study for some folks you’ve never met, folks who happen to be old and have had many experiences in life. So I pray, open my heart, Lord, that I may let You in; give me the words to say and an understanding heart. After that the rest is up to Him. Perhaps, this is your prayer, as well.
Remember this promise of God in the words of the Psalmist; “They shall bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing.” Psalm 92:14
Psalm 49:3 Psalm 37:30 Isaiah 11:2 I Corinthians 1:24 Colossians 2:3
(C) Rev Betty A Beach-Connell, 2018