Pause

Of all the things you could be doing at this very moment, nothing is more important than experiencing God’s presence. Don’t let anything interrupt this special time with God. Set aside any worries, lists, and distractions.

Listen for God speaking to you and to whatever challenges you’re going through today. Seek wisdom. Expect to be changed and empowered.

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Listen

Are any of you wise and understanding? Show that your actions are good with a humble lifestyle that comes from wisdom.

James 3:13

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Think

My daughter started kindergarten just a few weeks ago. She’s really proud of everything she has learned so far — from the ABCs to two plus two. You’re probably also proud of what you learned, or are still learning, in school. And you should be!

But this Bible verse says that true wisdom isn’t the confidence that comes from having all the answers; rather, true wisdom is knowing that you don’t have all the answers — and never will. Only God knows it all.

How comfortable are you today with your own questions, doubts, insecurities, and the certain knowledge that you don’t know everything? If you are a little embarrassed about these things, don’t be. Followers of Jesus (at least the truly wise ones) aren’t afraid to say, “I don’t know,” and “I may be wrong.” This is what faithful humility sounds like.

Jeff Gibelius

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Pray

Lord, as I gain knowledge each day help me to grow in wisdom as well. Let my humility show that I find the deepest answers to life’s questions in you alone. Amen.

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Go

Before you return to your normal routine, think: What piece of God’s wisdom do you want to carry with you today? How did this encounter with God and God’s word touch you?

And as you go, know this: God is still speaking.

Keep listening.

Jeff Gibelius

Dr. Jeff Gibelius is the Senior Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He loves being a pastor and helping people grow in faith. He has written several Christian summer camp devotional resources and recently completed a spiritual sabbatical with his wife and three children.

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