Job 12:13 - "With God are wisdom and might; he has counsel and understanding.
Although the Serenity Prayer is not in the bible, it is something we can put into practice on a daily or hourly basis. Intelligence and wisdom are two different things, and God gave us both of them.
Our intelligence allows us to work, pay bills, help our families and so on. Wisdom gives us the clarity and ability to rely upon the Lord to give us strength through the rough times in our lives. We have to use wisdom when the enemy attacks us, and he attacks us in every way possible.
There have been times in my life, where I have relied on my own wisdom to solve problems or just to make it through an attack by the enemy.
Job 15:8 - Have you listened in the council of God? And do you limit wisdom to yourself?
This verse tells us exactly whose wisdom we are to listen to. We cannot count on our own wisdom alone to get us by. God gave the intelligence and wisdom to seek him and also to completely trust Him and to allow Him to take charge of our lives.
God will be in control of our lives even if we don’t want him to or let him. We cannot stand in God’s way or thwart his plans for us. He is God for a reason. He has a plan for us for a reason. He gave us wisdom for a reason. That reason is to have the wisdom to seek him and the wisdom to know the difference between our will and his will.
Proverbs 1:7 - The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The latter part of this verse explains a lot. Trying to live life on our own terms, relying on our own instruction and wisdom is foolish. This sounded quite harsh to me when I first read it but I now believe it is true. I have a disease and a condition that can only be sufficed by having a spiritual walk with God. All I have to do is allow Him to take over my life and everything is good, all the time. Some days though, I don’t have enough wisdom to allow him to help me. I try to cure myself and I fail miserably. This is where the Serenity Prayer comes into play, and the wisdom to put it to use.
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Andrew, I thought this was very good. I liked the way you started with the Serenity Prayer as your springboard, to move us into these thoughts about wisdom. Your testimony at the end, of your disease and condition, made it inspirational. Only thing I wasn't sure about, it seemed to end a little abruptly. I'm just wondering if you left a part of the sentence off? Just wondering. Other than that, good thoughts shared well. With love, Deb