While driving Ian and Wasswa (the 6-year-old Ugandan orphans I'm helping to raise) to school one morning, the discussion turned to the boys' future jobs.
Quickly chiming in with his career choice, Ian said, "Me, I'm going to be a doctor!" When I asked Wasswa what he'd like to do, he replied, "Auntie Rox, me, I'm going to ask God to give me wisdom."
Since then, nightly and of their own accord, the boys have prayed out loud, "Dear Jesus, please give us wisdom." Each time they do so, I'm filled with a deep sense of comfort, knowing that their request is preparing them to better know God and what He wants for their lives. The ultimate example of a child longing for godly wisdom is found in the book of Luke where we're given a glimpse of Jesus' adolescent years. It was then, while living with his parents in Galilee, that Jesus began to stand out from the other boys and girls his age. He would do unusual things, like the time when he was 12 and slipped away from his parents for three days to sit "among the religious teachers, listening to them and asking questions" (Luke 2:46).
As extraordinary as His behavior may have seemed, by opening His young heart and mind to God's Word, "Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people" (Luke 2:52).
Asking for wisdom pleases the Lord (1 Kings 3:9-11). Receiving wisdom helps us draw nearer to God. This most practical gift also helps us determine the prudent actions we should take to ensure positive outcomes in life. Let's keep these wise words in mind, "If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer" (Proverbs 9:12).
, Roxanne Robbins
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