Recently I have been trying to come to terms with difficult people and situations that require wisdom and understanding beyond my experience. I asked Jesus for His wisdom and understanding to help me respond in His way. But guess what? My ego got in the way constantly. I did not truly seek the Lord and I was definitely was not listening. This morning, Jesus struck me with this response. A wake-up call.
You asked me for wisdom and understanding to meet the challenges of difficult people and situations. Yet you continue to rely on your own wisdom. You have good intentions, but you are not taking the time to seek me about these matters. These situations require my discernment.
There will always be difficult people and circumstances, even among my own people. When you leave me out, you will unknowingly make things worse. Seek me first before you speak or respond. When there is discord and strife among my people, my peace is not present. Do not be a part of the problem, seek my peace and strive to be a peacemaker.
I say to you, in the matters at hand, it is prudent that you step back and be quiet. If you rely on your own understanding, you will cause much havoc; this is not my way. You absolutely need my discernment. Take time to seek me and listen.
Pro: 3 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways obey him. Then he will make your paths smooth and straight. 7 Don’t be wise in your own eyes. Have respect for the Lord and avoid evil.
James 3: 17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is pure. That’s the most important thing about it. And that’s not all. It also loves peace. It thinks about others. It obeys. It is full of mercy and good fruit. It is fair. It doesn’t pretend to be what it is not. 18 Those who make peace plant it like a seed. They will harvest a crop of right living. (NIRV)