LESSON 2: GOD’S GIFT OF WISDOM
Wisdom – God’s Operating System for Your Heart
About two years ago I started using a Mac laptop instead of my old PC. One thing that prompted that switch was the problems I was having with viruses on my PC. As it turns out, the Mac operating system is much less prone to virus problems. It does a better job on its own, without the expense of extra virus protection services, of keeping out unwanted and damaging material that could slow down or freeze up my machine.
Last week we talked about the good passions and desires that God has put in our hearts, let’s call them the pre-loaded software. We also talked about guarding our hearts from storing up ungodly things, let’s call them malware or viruses. The human heart was made for loving and glorifying God. Sin has corrupted that heart, but by faith in Jesus we can have our hard-drive (heart) wiped clean of sin and reinstalled with God’s programs, so that it is free to function as it was intended. The problem is that we still live in a sinful world where there are new viruses around every corner. That’s where God’s heart operating system comes into play. Wisdom. It comes from God and is the atmosphere in which all of your pre-loaded heart software works best. It is also highly resistant to viruses and will prevent unwanted items from piling up in your heart and slowing down or freezing up your system. If our kids want to love God with ALL their heart, then they need the right operating system…wisdom. “Whatever else you get, get wisdom” (Prov. 4:7).
BIG IDEA: A heart of wisdom makes God-honoring decisions.
MEDITATING ON THE WORD:
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. – Mark 12:30
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. – Proverbs 4:23
- What is wisdom?
- Can you name someone in the Bible who had a lot of wisdom?
- Where does wisdom come from?
- Can you think of one person in your life who you think has a lot of wisdom?
Ask God to fill your heart with wisdom. Ask also that He helps your family make God-honoring decisions.
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