DAY 1: First Things First

Jan 1 2020

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Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.
Proverbs 4:7 (NKJV)

God’s Word teaches wisdom is the number one thing we should pursue in life – not human wisdom, but the wisdom that comes from God. So how do we get God’s wisdom? How can we know the difference between His wisdom and natural wisdom? And why is wisdom so important anyway?

Believe it or not, the Bible has a great deal to say about wisdom. Do you realise wisdom has a real voice that is calling out to you?

Instead of wearing yourself out in the pursuit of success, if you understand the power of prioritising wisdom you will be empowered to see your way through to a successful and fulfilling life. Rather than trying to GET rich, GET WISDOM! The wisest and richest man in history said it this way:

Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich.
Be wise enough to know when to quit.
Proverbs 23:4 (NLTse)

God desires to bless you. It’s not a question of that. God can do so much to build your life, but you can tear it down through a lack of wisdom. Even though God is able to restore what has been stolen or lost to you, without wisdom, whatever you may gain will be torn down.

A wise woman builds her home,
but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands.
Proverbs 14:1 (NLTse)

While there’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting to get ahead in life, the key is to make sure you have the correct priorities. First things first. Otherwise life has a way of unravelling.

For all the effort you may be spending trying to GET what you want or need, the answer is to change your focus and GET WISDOM. This will mean a paradigm shift, a fundamental change of thinking and living.

So, where does God’s wisdom begin? Where do you start? Solomon leaves no doubt:

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Proverbs 9:10 (NKJV)

The ‘fear of the Lord’ is not a cowering fear but an awe-filled reverence for who God is. Basically, if you fear God, you have decided that nothing in life is more important than knowing Who He is.

Ultimately, blessing comes to those who build their life on a foundation of obedience to God. Are you prepared to put God first with your time, your commitment, your passion and your call? Are you prepared to say yes Lord, and apply the wisdom to make a way in life? If you do, you can expect victory over opposition, blessing and prosperity, increasing influence and abiding peace.

PRAYER:
Lord, I recognise the importance of building my life on the foundation of Your wisdom, and that begins with putting You first in everything. I ask for Your grace and the guidance of Your Holy Spirit as I choose to pursue Your wisdom from this day forward.