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Gaining Wisdom For The Future

I have been married for five years. Although we don't have children yet, God sometimes gives me precious glimpses into the hearts of my children-to-be. Jeremiah 1:5 says, even though they haven't been formed in my womb yet, God already knows everything about them and loves them more deeply than I'll ever be able to. Since I am a friend of Jesus (John 15:15), it is as though I get to know my children through His eyes. I often think of my children-to-be, pray for them, and visualize myself mothering them. Recently, I envisioned a conversation with my daughter-to-be that went something like this: Daughter: Mommy, I don't think I want to give this presentation at school tomorrow. Mommy: Why not, honey? Daughter: Because the other kids might laugh at me. Mommy: Well, baby, you can't let fear make your decisions for you. Daughter: But Mommy, there a lot of things that I'm scared of! I'm afraid to play with fire, because it might burn me, but you told me not to play with fire. Isn't that the same thing? Mommy: No, sweetie, there is a difference between fear and wisdom. Fear keeps you from getting some of the good things that God has for you. Fear usually prevents you from trusting God with your life. On the other hand, wisdom allows us to seek God's will for our life instead of following our own plans. It was a short conversation, but it was fun imagining what it will be like to talk to her. I had never really thought about this very important difference between fear and wisdom before. Wisdom is driven by love which requires that God’s will, not mine, be first. Fear, in contrast, is the opposite of love (1 John 4:18). It is driven by lies that tell us God’s will is not actually what is best for us, or He won’t do what He says He will do (or infinite other lies). The Bible says God is love (1 John 4:16), and fear and love cannot coexist (verse 18). But wait, doesn't it also tell us that we are to fear God? (Psalm 96:4, Proverbs 3:7) Fearing the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge? (Proverbs 9:10, 1:7) And, didn’t I just say wisdom was based on love not fear? (Proverbs 1:33) Is God's Word contradicting itself? NO! Fearing the Lord does not mean quaking in your rain boots, anticipating the lightning bolt of His wrath over the mistake you made last week. God is a kind, loving, wonderfully amazing Daddy. Fearing Him means honoring and revering Him. It means considering His feelings and asking for His perspective when we make choices. It means making Him a part of the process of life. We seek Him for His wisdom and His knowledge, and as we hear from and learn of Him more and more, we naturally love Him more and more. In turn, the more love we have in our hearts, the less space remains for fear to reside. Are you allowing fear to make your decisions for you? Ask God to reveal to you areas of your life that are controlled by fear, and then to replace your fear with His unconditional love. Walk in the power, love, and sound mind God gave you! (2 Timothy 1:7)
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About Jene Carter

Jene Carter
Jené was born in D.C., but lived in six different countries while growing up. She is fluent in Spanish, loves traveling, trying new foods, and spending time with her loved ones. She married her college sweetheart in 2009, and they have been taking turns furthering their education ever since. She will be starting medical school in D.C. in the fall, and she hopes to treat the underserved, both locally and internationally.

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  1. What a beautiful way to consider God’s love for us. I am currently seeking God’s wisdom and will in my life and often find that I am driven by fear. This morning I lay in bed panic stricken by financial concerns, but in reading this a little bit of the fear panic subsided as I was reminded that God is the only One worthy of my fear. It’s my anxiety for the cares of this world that throw me into confusion, but as a child of God, this is a wonderful reminder that it’s going to be ok!

    Also, your conversation with Ur future daughter is similar to conversations I have with God. 🙂

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