Sometimes a little fear is a good thing. When was the last time you stuck your finger inside an electric socket? The wise might answer, never; the not-so-wise would probably say, the first time. One way or another, we have all developed a healthy fear of electricity.

I remember doing some electrical work during a church building project – don’t ask me why they trusted me to work in this area – when I attempted to cut what I thought was a dead, 220-volt cable with some pliers. After a loud POP!, I looked down at my hand and saw a huge hole in the pliers from the powerful electrical current. I could have been killed that day. It’s a very good thing those pliers were insulated.

My experiences with electricity have taught me to fear it – but not so much that I am afraid to flip a light switch. In much the same way, experiencing the power of God in my life has given me a healthy respect for Him, so that I have a desire to better acquaint myself with His ways and His will for my life. Who better can convey wisdom than the Source of all wisdom, God Himself?

The effects of wisdom are far-reaching. But don’t take my word for it; see it for yourself:

  • Wisdom teaches us not to trust our own way of thinking (Proverbs 3:7).
  • Wisdom is essential for happiness and fruitful relationships with others (Proverbs 11:12).
  • Wisdom gives us a concern for lost souls (Proverbs 11:30).
  • Wisdom causes us to honestly evaluate our spiritual progress (Proverbs 14:8).

When you get wisdom, your life will take on a new dimension – and others will start to notice, too. I challenge you to use your brain first by developing a deep respect for the Lord. Then allow this respect to influence everything you do. That is true wisdom.

You can’t access wisdom by the megabyte. Wisdom is concerned with how we relate to people, to the world, and to God. – Edmund P. Clowney

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.