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The Book of Proverbs is just full of practical wisdom. King Solomon who wrote them was famed for his wise judgments. One day two women came to him asking him for an adjudication. Both had given birth to a baby the same night but in the maternity unit one baby had died, so that mother surreptitiously swapped her dead baby for the living one. The next day, the mother of the living child immediately knew what had happened and demanded her baby back but the other wouldn’t budge, and so they came to Solomon to judge. ‘Easy’ said the King. ‘Cut the baby in two and each of you can go home with half’.
‘Great idea’ said one.
‘No’, cried the other, ‘give it to her’!
‘That lady is the living child’s mother’ said Solomon, and so the baby was united with its rightful parent.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if presented with difficult decisions or impossible choices we had wisdom like that?
Well, says James, the brother of the Lord Jesus in the New Testament, that is entirely possible.

“If any of you lacks wisdom” he writes, “ask God, who gives generously to all, without finding fault and it will be given to them’!

Wisdom is not elusive. It is available to everyone who simply turn to God in order to discover His mind.

I remember once being in a situation where I was being pressurised to make a decision and to make it quickly. I asked to be excused and prayed “Lord, guide me please’ and the words that came to mind were also from the book of James.

“Who is wise and understanding among you? If you harbour bitter envy and selfish ambition, such ‘wisdom’ does not come down from heaven, but the wisdom that comes from God is pure, peace-loving, considerate, full of mercy, impartial and sincere’ and at once I knew exactly what I should do.

Wisdom then is not just for Kings, but for ordinary people just like you and me.

– Frank Sellar