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    June 22, 2021

    THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 22 June 2021

    When the large majority of the Capitol community is asked, “Is there anything specific I can pray for you,” wisdom is almost always mentioned. Certain qualities cannot be learned: consistency, diligence, intuition, loyalty, and, wisdom, of course. Wisdom is difficult to define because it is more than mere knowledge and it is more profound than one’s perception. Wisdom is crucial and its presence or lack in our lives significantly influences one’s decisions. So, how does one acquire wisdom? The biblical answer, I am sorry to say, is through “pain.” Consider the first chapter of James, verses 2-4:

    Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

    By welcoming challenges in life, recognizing trials never end, you can learn to view them as your friend, that is, by allowing them to impact you personally, even privately, therein is the rare quality of endurance produced. You become “perfect and complete.” The notion of immediate endurance is silliness. Pain that arises from disappointments and interruptions, by accidents and even disease, by changes and surprises, by failure and loss, is how we are made perfect and complete. 

    So, from whence does wisdom arise? Wisdom comes from the God-ordained painful surprises of life when we want to scream, “Help.” That exclamation is not what I think; it is what James 1:5 declares, “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.” The idea is that if any of us do not know what our response should be to a particular problem, we only need to ask God for help. He is the One who gives generously.

    Endurance helps us mature, yet periodically we find ourselves wondering what our response to a situation is to be, and in those circumstances, we ask for help. God responds with more than just intelligence, more than clever ideas and common sense. He shares his vast, inexhaustible reservoir of wisdom with us.

    To fully describe the benefits of receiving the wisdom the Lord provides is challenging, yet one of them is most certainly the abilities and insights that belong to another world, or what the Bible calls, the mind of Christ. First Corinthians 2:13, 16 read,

    which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. . . . For who has known the mind of the Lord, that He will instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

    There is nothing mystical here; rather, when we respond to life’s challenges as God would have us, and we endure rather than seek escape, God grants us perfect results that remain with us, in addition to new measures of wisdom that allow us to balance our lives. 

    I would suspect there might be a few painful intrusions into your life (or else they are on the way) and you would benefit from divine strengthening to help you endure. If so, call upon God for help. He will give his wisdom to you!

    Your Missionary-Pastor to Our Leaders,

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    Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
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