Week 9 / You Are Wise in Christ!
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Hebrews tells us “we have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure…” That hope has a name, Jesus Christ and the testimony about him and his rescue found in the Bible. May you rest in him during these scary, frustrating times…
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Sometimes life can be confusing: Do I take this job or that job? Should I say “yes” to that first date—or second? Does it matter what major I choose?
Sometimes life’s questions are as deep as they are confusing: Where did I come from and why am I here? What is the meaning of life? Why are things so messed up—and what’s the fix?
Sometimes life’s questions are as spiritual as they are deep and confusing: Who is God and what is he like? If God is so good why is life so bad? How can I understand this God and get to know him, like I would a new friend?
Thankfully, we are not left on our own to navigate life’s important questions. God has given us his Word and his Spirit to make us wise.
As the Bible says, we find light and understanding in God’s words, when we unwrap them like we would a present. God promises that we will gain knowledge and understanding of him when we listen to his wisdom and cry out for insight. Paul tells us that if we’ve decided to follow Jesus, we have received God’s very Spirit so that we may understand who God is and what he desires from us. And James declares that we have direct access to wisdom at anytime; all we have to do is ask God, who gives generously!
God has given us his Word and his Spirit. So the next time you’re facing a confusing situation or are unsure about the answers to life’s big questions, remember who you really are.
In Christ, you are wise because you have everything you need to be wise.
Our Anchor-Hope Reminders from the Bible:
The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple.
Psalm 119:130 niv
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.
Proverbs 2:2-5 nlt
Do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion;
they will be life for you.
Proverbs 3:21-22 niv
What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
1 Corinthians 2:12 niv
We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God.
Colossians 1:9-10 hcsb
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
James 1:5 esv
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