I WISH I WOULD HAVE SAID THAT . . .
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I Wish I Would Have Said That . . .
Looking for the Right Words
Have you ever been in a situation where you just couldn’t think of what to say? Maybe it was an argument or maybe a pivotal conversation with someone important to you. You knew that the next words out of your mouth had better be good but when you went to speak . . . nothing. You just couldn’t find the right words to say.
Of course, later on, you think of what you could or should have said, but it’s too late; the moment is gone.
We often find ourselves in a similar situation when we’re faced with life circumstances. We want God’s help and His wisdom but we often don’t have it in the heat of the moment when we need it the most. Instead, we rely on OUR emotions, or OUR logic. Then, after a time, we think, “I sure wish I had known God’s take on all this . . .
- Describe a time when you’ve felt this way. What was the result?
- Why is it important for us to be ready with God’s wisdom when life’s circumstances come to us?
If we want to be ready when life comes our way, we need to be preparing now. People of faith are not people who don’t plan ahead. Rather, we seek God and His wisdom, righteousness, will and character. God invites us to prepare ourselves and be wise.
God, through Moses and then David, gives us insight as to how we can be better prepared with God’s wisdom. When things come at us, often at unexpected and inconvenient times, we need to be ready with God’s wisdom, not just our feelings or thoughts.
- Read through Deuteronomy 6:4-9 slowly and think about each of the insights it provides.
- What are some of the challenges we face when we try to ”hide God’s word in our hearts?”
Wisdom and Understanding
Understanding is about gathering information. Wisdom is the application of knowledge. Knowing what all the parts of a car do doesn’t mean you can drive one. Knowing what God says doesn’t mean you are doing what God says.
Wisdom comes from practice. We need to use what we have learned from scripture. When we have it, it can deliver us, shield, us remind us, and help us everyday.
- Why don’t we value wisdom in the same way Solomon describes? What would change if we did?
- What are some practical ways we can “get wisdom”? How important is it to learn it before we need it?
There’s a Chinese proverb that says, “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is today.” It would be great if we already knew all this stuff, but why not start now. Learning something before you need it means having it when you do. Wisdom needs to be learned and practiced. What are some things you could start doing today to gather God’s wisdom?
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