But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish,
it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind.
There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.
- Ecclesiastes 2:11 NLT
In life there are two kinds of wisdom we obtain: the first kind is wisdom that comes from our human knowledge, reasoning, and philosophy. The second kind of wisdom we have is the wisdom we receive from God. Both are important; however, the wisdom we receive from God is far more superior than earthly wisdom.
When you are ruled by your human wisdom you seek yourself, your accomplishments, and building a life that suits your desires. Eventually, failure happens due to pride, and disappointment sets in, causing turmoil within. If you begin to feel like this you may find yourself asking,
“Why do I feel burned out?”
“Why am I so unfulfilled and tired?”
“What is to become of me?”
It might be time to reevaluate your life and choose to seek Godly wisdom instead of earthly wisdom. Perhaps God is asking you to redirect your thoughts, actions, and plans to coincide with His will for your life.
The wisdom we receive from God is different because, no matter how life turns out, we have a Kingdom mindset that keeps us focused on the sovereign God who is in control of everything. When we become seekers of Godly wisdom we begin to open our eyes to the world around us, we see people and events in a different light. Our Kingdom mindset allows us to become more aware to the evil in the world, and we may feel more emotions when it comes to heartbreaking situations. If this is you, and you act out of compassion and serve as Jesus would, then that is a key indicator that you are learning Godly wisdom and growing in your daily relationship with Jesus. True wisdom comes from God (see James 3:13-18), and when we have wisdom given by Him, we will lead a purposeful and joy-filled life. When our eyes are set on Jesus, all of life’s problems seem to gently fade away as we are confident in the plan God has for our life and trust Him fully.
1. In what areas in your life are you seeking worldly wisdom instead of Godly wisdom?
2. How can you use the Godly wisdom you have been given to serve the Kingdom?
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love and wisdom that You give freely. I come to You asking You to reveal any areas in my life that have been fueled by earthly wisdom. Help me to fully lean on You in all areas of my life. Open my mind, heart, and eyes to You and the call You have on my life.
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