In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. (Psalms 138:3)
How often do we doubt God’s ability to answer because His answer does not come exactly how we think it should? How often God sustains us and gives us grace to go through trials and troubles—is that not answer to our cries? God may not remove our trouble, but that does not mean He doesn’t hear us and answer our needs.
It is human nature to think first and foremost of the personal comfort of ourselves. How often do we desire answered prayer JUST for another reason to praise God?
James 1:5 reminds us that, if we lack wisdom, we can ask of God Who gives it liberally. The verses prefacing Proverbs 2:6 give a little more insight about being recipients of God’s wisdom. We are to receive His Words and hide His commandments in us (vs. 1), incline our ears to wisdom and apply our hearts to understanding (vs. 2), cry after knowledge and understanding (vs. 3), seek it as silver, search for it as hid treasures (vs. 4), and *then* verse five comes. We can’t just ask for wisdom and get it. If we truly want to know God’s wisdom, we won’t just pray occasionally for wisdom—we will saturate ourselves with God’s Word, which reveals His wisdom.
How often do we look at our substance (wealth, riches) and ask, “Am I glorifying God with this?”
If these are words from father to son, how much more important is it for us as God’s children to continually keep His Word in front of us?