Yesterday, I was in the car with my aunt. We were about to go to church. One of my neighbor’s kids then came out of her house. The first thing that came to mind was, who is that? I could hardly recognize her. The last time I’d seen her she was still a toddler, probably still in kindergarten. I was amazed. My, had she grown into a pretty little princess. But then I asked myself, why am I so surprised?
Growth is something that we all go through. It’s an inevitable part of life. Growth simply means increase. Whether in size, value, or some other measure. But growth is much more than just the act of ‘growing’. It is also means change. This means that for you to say you have grown, then there must be a difference. Think about it. When you compare your life or a certain aspect of your life to how it was last year or last month or last week, do you see a difference? A positive difference. If the answer is no, then you need to reevaluate.
In church, we were taught about how important it was to honor our parents and be disciplined. We looked at a lot of verses, but one that I took interest in was a verse in the book of Luke. It says
Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.
Luke 2:52 NLT
The Minister pointed out a really interesting fact- Jesus grew. And He didn’t just grow, the Amplified version states that He kept increasing. He kept growing not only in stature which is physically, but also in wisdom, and in favor with God and people. This got me thinking. If Jesus Christ himself saw the importance of continuously developing himself, then what’s stopping me. This shows that God expects us to better ourselves. We can’t remain the same year in year out. It’s a fact that we aren’t perfect and we will never be, but there are certain areas that we can be better.
The first aspect of growth is Wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to make a decision based on the combination of knowledge, experience, and understanding. Wisdom also means the ability to learn from mistakes. In our lives, do we see a pattern of doing things the same way even when it’s obviously not working out? Do we let our pride get in the way of common sense? Wisdom means having a teachable spirit. Being open to correction and advice. And ultimately applying such advice. When you are stuck in a rut, it is wise to ask for help. And who should we ask from? That’s right, from the ultimate source himself, God.
God is described as a wise God in many parts of the Scripture. In the book of James it says
If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him- James 1:5(AMP)
It is important for God to be the first person we ask anything from. It may sound silly but it works. Even down to the littlest decisions.
There was an exam I wrote about two years ago that I didn’t think I was going to pass. I barely knew anything. When I saw the questions, I contemplated whether or not to just stand up and submit a blank script. I looked around at my classmates writing, the clock ticking and my blank paper. Almost close to tears, I said a word of prayer. I told God to tell me what to do. ‘Should I submit a blank paper? Is there really no hope?’ I felt the need to sit down and write something. So, I told God tell me what to write. More or less, He should write through me. I picked up my pen and started scribbling down something. Some of it made sense, some didn’t, but I didn’t care. Anything to get my paper at least half full. And when I was done I committed it into the Lord’s hands and left. I didn’t bother checking the result when it came out because I was too scared. My friend was the one to break the good news to me. All I could do was cry. I did not understand how that was possible. To pass an exam without knowing pretty much anything. It could only be the work of God.
I’m not suggesting for anyone to make it a habit of not reading for an exam. That is outright dumb. Trust me, I read. what I’m saying is, when you’ve done you’re possible best and you’re stuck, ask for help. If I had gotten up in that exam to submit a blank paper, that would have been quite stupid. Although I had a reason for doing so, I didn’t. I chose to ask for help, for wisdom from the most reliable source, God.
The book of 1 Kings chapter 3 talks about a king who made a request from God. His name was Solomon. He had just become king of Israel and God asked him to request for anything he wanted. He could have asked for riches, wealth, glory, power, anything at all, but he chose to ask for wisdom. Wisdom to lead his people. The Lord was quite impressed. He answered and said:
I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life!
1 Kings 3:12-13 (NLT)
And that my friends is exactly what happened. That’s why we have the popular saying ‘As wise as Solomon’
Wisdom is a precious gift, more precious than even gold or silver. Sometimes in our lives, thats all we need. Wisdom to go through life and overcome. And how do we get it? Simply by asking. All we need to do is ask.
Jesus grew continually in wisdom and so we too must grow in wisdom. Learn to ask when you dont know. Learn to be receptive to the voice of God. Truth is, God is always speaking. Through our thoughts, in our hearts, though people, through experiences, through dreams. He doesn’t shout or force down anything through our throats. He speaks in a still small voice. If only we would listen. Listen and apply.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Matthew 7:7-8 NKJV
Have a great day and stay blessed!
PS, sorry for not posting through out last week. I’ve been a bit busy. I’ll make up for it this week 😊