“All the words of my mouth are righteous; none of them are deceptive or perverse.
All of them are clear to the perceptive, and right to those who discover knowledge.
Accept my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold.
For wisdom is better than jewels, and nothing desirable can compare with it.”
Proverbs 8:8-11 HCSB
The One Thing That’s Impossible to Lose
I don’t know how I could have lost it, but I did.
I just got back from Christmas shopping and was so happy that I found some great gifts at great sale prices. But when I got home to unload the groceries and my gifts, I realized, with a drop in my stomach — that I couldn’t find my wallet. It was a pink wristlet, a special birthday gift from a friend.
An hour later, after zooming back to the store, looking in all the shopping carts and turning my car inside out, I had to accept the truth: my wallet is gone. I can call to replace my credit cards, but here’s the thing: a rebate check I got from Costco for purchasing something earlier in the year was gone.
All the savings I scooped up that morning flew away, like dollar bills with wings.
But then I got an idea. I called Costco and asked if they could cancel the check and issue me a replacement? Yes. They said. Not to worry. They assured me.
Even if someone found the check, they couldn’t use it because my membership number is on it. Only the owner of the check can use the credit.
It reminded me of the wisdom that God says is ours, if we find ourselves in that same pit-in-your-stomach moment.
There are moments in life, we may be at a lost for what to do or what to say. No matter how much we try to come up with pros and cons, decisions are still difficult. The truth is real life can’t be planned.
But don’t worry. God’s wisdom for you can never be lost.
Your name is on God’s heart, and your challenges, disappointments, and losses are always on His mind.
Can a woman forget her nursing child or lack compassion? . . . Even if these forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are ever before Me. (Isaiah 49:15-16)
It’s true. The one thing that is impossible to lose is the very thing God longs to give you anew today: His love.
God’s love for you can never grow old. We can never mess up God’s grace. The Shepherd of your heart loves you unconditionally.
Jesus is the One who leaves the ninety-nine for just one. No matter what has happened, you matter to God. You belong to God. Irrevocably.
God will give you the help you need. He will give you wisdom. It’s His promise.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (James 1:5)
As we approach Christmas, you may be called to make a lot of decisions — that aren’t so clear. You may be breaking old patterns to create new traditions. You may need courage to speak words in a new way.
We may make mistakes. The holidays have a way of bringing our deepest hopes and fears to the surface.
Your heart becomes vulnerable to the truth of what you need: God’s wisdom — instead of workarounds or bandaids.
God longs for you to rest in His embrace. He is your Creator and your Soul’s Counselor. He understands your need to hear His voice.
Hear God reassure you today —
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’ (Isaiah 30:21)
We may be uncertain about our next steps, but we can be certain of God’s hand in ours. And God’s not letting go — of you.
Today, as you read this post, it will be the dawn of a new week of Advent.
Let God’s love be your guide this second week of Advent.
May God’s whispers of love awaken your heart with hope for the journey ahead.
But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit . . . will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you. (John 14:26)
Be still and listen. What is God reminding you of today?
What one word God is placing on your heart from the Scriptures — as your counsel and guide?
Love makes everything beautiful. Love has a name. Emmanuel.
God is with you. As is.
You are close to His heartbeat.
Come. Draw near. Confide in Jesus, as friend to friend.
Let’s quietly make space for each other, offering our words as prayer. You are among kindreds in this quiet space.
How can we pray for you today?
As you leave a prayer request in the comments,
be sure to pray also for the person just before you.