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TODAY’S MEDITATION – Ask the Lord for His wisdom about your situation (Ecclesiastes 8:1-6)

Today’s passage says this: “Who is like the wise? Who knows the explanation of things? A person’s wisdom brightens their face and changes its hard appearance. Obey the King 2 Obey the king’s command, I say, because you took an oath before God. 3 Do not be in a hurry to leave the king’s presence. Do not stand up for a bad cause, for he will do whatever he pleases. 4 Since a king’s word is supreme, who can say to him, “What are you doing?” 5 Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm, and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure. 6 For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter, though a person may be weighed down by misery.”

My brother, my sister, wisdom is the ability to see life from God’s perspective and then to know the best course of action to take. So many people feel lost, not knowing what decision to take about their lives or they make decisions that end up being the wrong ones and they are frustrated with life in general. My friend, our God is so good that even our wrongs, He can turn them into good things, for “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). This then tells us that what we are doing needs to be aligned with God’s purpose. And there is no other way we can know God’s purpose without seeking God.

Yes, most people would agree that wisdom is a valuable asset, but how can we acquire it? Let me give you a little testimony to illustrate this. 2 weeks ago, I was angry because my son was physically assaulted at school for the second time and his teacher believes a group of young students, most of whom are always in trouble. On this second occasion, I wrote to the professor saying that if my son was again attacked verbally or physically, I will sue her and the school. And I told her that if she sanctioned my son because this time, he defended himself by punching someone in the group of the bullies, she would find me on her way.A few days after my letter, my son told me that they checked the camera and what he had said had been confirmed, however, because it was forbidden to fight at school, he should be sanctioned too. But also, he said that two professors had called to ask him personal questions about me (where I studied, where I work, the language we speak at home…). The truth is that I knew they had asked my son questions because I wrote them a letter threatening to sue them and I expressly used technical terms that they might have thought I had not written such a letter myself. I got angry and I wrote a second letter highlighting their lack of professionalism, and asking the teacher to stop harassing my son, etc. That evening, I went to church at 7pm and I began to pray for this situation, asking God what I should do. Then, the Spirit led me to pray for the teacher who has shown aversion against my son since last year. So I prayed for her and for the whole situation. I went back home; I still gave my letter to my son. The next morning he went to school and when he returned home, he told me he could not give this letter because the teacher had removed him from his first lesson for a meeting where a colleague insisted my son had to be punished and to the surprise of my son, his teacher said “no” to let him go. My son told me, the teacher who was always picking on him was so nice to him that it was even scary. Last Friday, I received a letter from this teacher and I hesitated to open it thinking she is always sending me letters to complain about my son. This time she had sent me a letter congratulating him for his good work, his great efforts and positive conduct… My friends, this is the letter of someone who sent me a letter weekly saying my son does not produce any work and his behaviour at school is poor… Yes, Satan can place someone in front of you to frustrate you… if you do not have the wisdom of God, you may make things worse: now I realise that my second letter would have spoiled the whole situation and I thank the Lord that He took control of the situation because I gave it to Him.

What do I want to say with this testimony? You see, the Bible teaches us that the fear of the Lord (in other words respecting and honouring the Lord) is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). And wisdom comes from knowing God and trusting God in all things. Let me insist on the fact that it is not just about finding God: knowing God will lead you to understand how to do things the right way and then share this knowledge with others by showing the goodness of God. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name