Saturday, September 15, 2007

Being Open to the Spirit of God

Often I pray for godly wisdom and I pray this for my husband and daughter as well. There are times when I feel as if I'm not seeing evidence of this, especially after I realize I could have made a better decision about something, or when my daughter struggles so hard to understand her school work. We tell her all the time that she has the mind of Christ. But like me, I believe she is wondering where the evidence of it is when she's struggling so hard with her math.

This morning I was reading in the first book of Corinthians and a verse gave me reason to pause. "And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power." (1 Corinthians 2:4)

Sometimes we try to do the work for God. We work on phrasing our words just right, being mindful of this or that, going the extra mile to explain something away. When all we need to do is just speak the word of God and let the Holy Spirit do the work of bringing godly wisdom in His time and in His way.

After I read this verse, I thought about my daughter going around making up songs on her guitar. Some of what I heard her sing were words of power and godly wisdom, yet I knew if I'd asked her to explain what she was singing, she wouldn't have a clue how to do it. I couldn't help smiling, because I know that it was God's Spirit singing from her heart. What she doesn't yet understand with her mind, God's Spirit has already given to her heart. She has the godly wisdom I've been praying for. I saw and heard the evidence of it this weekend.

As adults who are continually growing and learning the Word of God, we are the same way. Much of God's wisdom has been deposited in our hearts and minds. We just don't understand it all. But as we can pray for godly wisdom, we can also pray for godly understanding. When you pray for godly wisdom, don't forget to pray for God to also give you understanding.


  1. Sometimes I think I'm not listening to what God is trying to tell me, but maybe it is that I don't understand.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. What great insight (understanding!), Jenn. Thanks so much for sharing.

    I think that's so cool that your daughter is making up songs for God. Maybe she'll be a songwriter or performer someday. :)


  3. Thanks for posting this Jenn. I love the fact that your daughter plays the guitar and sings. How special!! I know you smile away when she's doing it, too.
    But then again, she has a pretty special mom, so......