Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Being a Wise Guy - Bonita Y. McCoy

“So that you would recognize wisdom and value discipline: that you would understand insightful teaching.” Proverbs 1:2-3 (The Voice).

Recently, I have been praying to recognize wisdom.

There are a lot of voices out there calling to us every day with snappy advice.

We are told to “pull yourself up, you got this, and you too can be a self-made man.”

All of these voices sound right on the surface. But when held up to Scripture, they crumble.

The voice calling out for us to be a "self-made man" doesn't give God credit for creating us or directing us.  The Word of God says He numbered our days before one of them came into existence, and here is the real clincher, we may make our plans, but God directs our steps.

Pulling ourselves up sounds inspiring, but the Scripture teaches that God is the lifter of our heads. Yes, we have to be willing to cooperate, but God encourages His children. He doesn’t want to leave us in despair and hurt. He wants us to look to Him for comfort and help.

The “you got this” or “you can win it” voice calls us away from the One who gives true success. The book of Psalms is full of scriptures telling us God gives the victory.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all about a positive attitude, but when we claim to “do it ourselves”, we take the glory from our Lord and place it at our own feet.

The world today is overflowing with voices giving advice and counsel. We need to pray to recognize Godly wisdom and to use insightful teaching in our lives.

Hold all these voices up to Scripture and see if the message reflects God or self.

Challenge: Pray to recognize wisdom before diving into Social Media.

Finding God’s beautiful pieces of grace,