Often we have to make a decision about a default on our computers or phones in regard to passwords, browsers, etc. Annoying in the moment, but usually helpful in the long run. That default choice then becomes the norm, unless we change it. A default is a preselected option or it could be a failure to fulfill an obligation, like paying a loan. Sometimes our default (option) leads to failure (default) when we lean on our own understanding and wisdom.

I want my default to be seeking God’s wisdom in my choices and decisions first instead of charging ahead in my own wisdom only to stop down the road when I’ve hit a roadblock to say, “oh by the way God, what would you do?” I wonder how many times I’ve done that?

My dad was often wise and instead of offering advice would say, if I were doing it, I would . . . In other words, you’re not doing it wrong, but here is a way that might be better. In the same way, God doesn’t force himself or his wisdom on us. Sometimes he lets us reap the consequences of our choices so we learn to seek him first, but he is always lovingly waiting for us to reach out to him. How do we gain his wisdom? Pray/ask for it, read scripture and commit it to memory, and be obedient.

Here are some practical scriptures about wisdom to ponder:

James 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Proverbs 3:7–Don’t depend on your own wisdom. Respect the Lord and refuse to do wrong. Then your body will be healthy, and your bones will be strong.

Proverbs 1:7- The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

James 3:13: Who is wise and understanding among you? By his conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

Our actions will reveal how wise we are and humility will also reveal godly wisdom. If we pray, study scripture, and are obedient to it, he promises to make our paths straight. No running into detours, or roadblocks then, isn’t that a great promise? Let’s set our default to God’s wisdom and acknowledge him in all we do.

Deb Hill

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