Get God's Understanding

Proverbs 16:
16 How much better it is to gain wisdom than gold,
and the gaining of understanding should be chosen over silver.

2 Timothy 2:
23 Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments. You know they cause quarrels.
24 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel.
Instead, he must be kind to everyone. He must be a good teacher. He must be willing to suffer wrong.
25 He must be gentle in correcting those who oppose the Good News.
Maybe God will allow them to change the way they think and act and lead them to know the truth.
26 Then they might come back to their senses and God will free them from the devil's snare so that they can do his will.
(God's Word Bible)

It is amazing how we human beings can get our priorities mixed up.
We spend so much time and energy ammassing as much gold and silver - which represents "things".
In so doing, we become completely side-tracked from our true purpose in life: to gain wisdom and understanding from God.
We mistakenly believe that wisdom and understanding will leave us poor and un-provided-for!
Indeed the opposite is true.
When we instead decide to pursue God and gain His kind of wisdom and understanding,
not only are our needs met, but we may also gain gold and silver in the process.
The BIG difference is that in seeking God first, our life is centered on HIM,
whereas by going after gold and silver - "things" - we worship them and lose all that makes life worth living in the first place!
How short-sighted!

So how do I turn my life around, you ask?
The Apostle Paul gives us the solution in his letter to his son-in-the-faith, Timothy.
Here's the wisdom of God for gaining true understanding:
     stop getting into foolish and stupid arguments with the truth of God in Jesus Christ; (verse 23)
    allow the servant of God to correct your opposition thinking. (verse 25)

Now you are ready to allow God to be Boss in your life:
     humble your heart before God.   Ask Him to teach you how to change the way you think and act.   Ask Him to help You change your life-style so that it is now God-centered instead of self-centered; (verse 25)
    further,   humble yourself and ask God to give you a clear understanding of His truth; (verse 25)
    now humble yourself and ask God to let you come to your senses; (verse 26)

Finally, you arrive at the place of freedom in mind and heart:
     ask the Lord to free you from the snare - the trap - of the devil over your mind and heart; (verse 26)
    ask the Lord to free you to do His will for your life each day from now on. (verse 26)

Prayer:
Almighty Father, today I need Your help in a way I have never wanted to admit before.
But I do need Your help if my life is to be turned around and become purposeful in the way You desire for me.
Today I take to heart the instruction of Your Word and pray
    that You forgive me for getting into foolish and stupid arguments with the truth of God in Jesus Christ;
    I ask that Your servant will be patient with me and correct my opposition thinking.
I take the position of Humility before You:
    I ask that You teach me how to change the way I think and act; so that my life-style is now God-centered instead of self-centered;
    I ask that You lead me into Your way of truth for my life;
    I ask that You bring me to my senses so that I see Your truth clearly and begin to love it.
    I ask that You free me from the snare - the trap - of the devil over my mind and heart;
    I ask that You free me to do Your will for my life each day from now on.
    Thank You that these miracles are beginning in me right now,   in the mighty name of the Lord Jesus Christ,    my Saviour and Lord,    Amen.

New inspiration tomorrow, God willing.
See you then!