It’s one thing to be able to do something. It’s another thing as to whether you should do it or not.
There’s this episode that takes place where a man gets healed and is so grateful that he offers a lot of lovely goods to the person who gave the healing. This person rejects the offer and sends the healed person on his way. The healer has a servant who sees this and is baffled at why they turned down the goods.
There is another occasion, however, where someone offers gifts to another person who has done a great job. This person accepts the gifts without any fuss.
It always intrigues as to how to know when it is right to do something and when it is right not to do it.
A friend I know works with children with learning and physical difficulties. Over the years he has seen great developments in those children. Another friend works in a similar position at a different place and is just as gifted, but she has spent a long time not seeing much in the way of developments, just growing more and more frustrated at the seeming lack of growth. Should she leave the job just because of the results? What does wisdom say in that matter?
Getting godly wisdom on the matter is critical because it’s clear that one act in a situation will not necessarily be the same act in every situation. Godly wisdom helps to gain direction as to the right act to take in that situation. That act does not have to conform to the sensibilities or trends of the day. That act may not be an orthodox or popular one in the eyes of others. That act, however, as it is sourced from the generous Giver of wisdom is going to have the outcome that brings peace and glory.
That’s why it is so important to seek that wisdom out and act on it where it leads us. That way we can know the difference between rejecting or accepting whatever circumstance comes our way.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden