Monday, May 1st
Devotional written by Pastor Jason McMaster, Executive Pastor
EVERYONE NEEDS WISDOM
To read today: 1 Kings 3:1-15, James 1:5-6
So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?
1 Kings 3:9
A few weeks ago, our local community was devastated by the loss of a young man through a senseless act of violence. The greater Conejo Valley community came together to lovingly support and comfort the Westlake High School community through a prayer vigil at Calvary. Before it started, I was answering questions from local media outside. One of the more difficult questions to answer, especially in a sound byte, was what I thought we as a community and nation could do better to prevent this from happening again. As a former head of school and a parent, this was a question I have thought about many times and had to address specifically and take. There are also many different opinions on this topic, and the conversation elicits a high degree of passion and emotion. On this question from the media, I answered that we were here to pray for wisdom on behalf of our civic leaders. Wisdom is needed to solve such a complex and sensitive issue. King Solomon specifically asked for a “discerning heart” because he had the humility to know that to govern people well as king, he truly needed this.
While none of us are kings, we each have spheres of influence, daily decisions, and life circumstances where we have to make choices; and often, people and people’s feelings are involved. If every decision were easy, perhaps we wouldn’t need to ask for wisdom. However, every decision we make has a positive or negative outcome, and therefore, we all need wisdom.
Reflection: Are you making any decisions today? The Lord says that if any of us lacks wisdom that we should ask for it. Take that situation to the Lord and ask Him for wisdom.