Discernment & Understanding

Proverbs 2:3-5
3 For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; 4 If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God.

If you want to have discernment and understanding, you need to ask God for it and then seek it as a treasure.  Trying to obtain it without doing both is a waste of time.  God wants us to do both.  For is it foolish and futile to purse this by not asking God.  God is the One, who gives discernment and understanding out.  Solomon got it basking God for it.  God told Solomon to ask for anything and Solomon asked for a discerning heart, to wisely lead and judge the people.  He received it because He asked God for it.

He also pursued it.  He spent time learning things.  God just does not give us a discerning heart without us working for it.  If He did, we might become arrogant.  God gives us gifts and wants us to work at refining them.  We need to learn how use the gifts and cultivate them.  How foolish would it be to ask for understanding and then not seek to understand anything?!  We need to do both.  Seek by asking God and by seeking opportunities to use the gift.

The reward for having understanding and discernment is to learn to fear God and discover the knowledge of God.  It helps us to learn about God.  We learn how smart and wise God is and how much we are not.  This leads us to be humble before God and seek His help all the more.  We need God’s discernment to know what is right and what is wrong.  We need to have His help in understand Him and His will.

Dear God, help to me wise and discerning, to have understanding of your vast creation.  Lord, help to me to purse learning and getting to know You more.  You are so wise, grant me discernment that I may know what is right and wrong.  Help me to have understanding of what You want me to do.  Amen.

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