Christlife Posture: Trusting God's Wisdom

Topic: Pathways to Wisdom

 

Suggested Approach: Choose 1 thing from each of the three boxes

OR Choose 1 from media or Reflection + 1 from Scripture 

Media Excursions Watch/read/listen and be ready to discuss Q's

Still Image/Painting

  • The Queen of Sheba before King Solomon (Willem de Poorter) Read the caption. Study the faces of the people in the painting.  What can you note about a search for wisdom? The finding of wisdom?

  • New Life (Henk Helmental) What insights do you gain from this painting in regard to scripture as a pathway to wisdom?  What do you think the artist is trying to emphasize?

Video Testimonies

  • Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers Troy Polamalu (CBN) Listen to what he says about how to build habits that produce right actions. What are your thoughts on how building small habits affects larger outcomes? How does this kind of discipline sit with you?  

  • Karen Green (I am Second) Listen to this emotional testimony of transformation.  What were the key pathways to change for her?

Song

  • I Need You (Skit Guys, Song performed by Marcy Priest) Use for Post C How have the challenges and temptations of adulthood caused you to drift in trusting God and looking to Him for wisdom? What stands out to you from this video/song?

Article 

Online Panel Discussion

  • A Story in Your Bones (Barber, Smith and Pickett) On the role of environment in an intuitive understanding of who God is. How does seeing in a glass darkly (this side of eternity) or living with a divided heart affect our ability to understand who God is? How close do you think your concept of God is to his actual image?

Reflection Options  

Journal  (reflect on one or more of these questions)

  • If you encountered a problem in the next few minutes that required wisdom you didn’t have, what would your instinctual response be? Where would you turn? Maybe this would be different for different kinds of problems--imagine several scenarios and your answer to them.

  • What holy habits have you nurtured in your own life to develop the mindset of Christ in decision making?  Journal about some that seem to have been helpful and one you would like to develop.  

  • Who are your wise counselors? Why have you chosen them? Who would you like to ask to be someone you can bounce ideas or decisions off of? Write them a letter or have a conversation with them.

  • Journal about an area where you need wisdom.  Then a) wait silently to see if the Lord might want to speak to you about that area, b) search for scriptures that might relate to that area, c) examine your internal response to moving one way or another on that decision, d) talk through all of these with your mentor.

Quote Interaction (Interact by agreeing, disagreeing or otherwise engaging with the quote/quotes)

  • If you wish to know God, you must know his Word. If you wish to perceive His power, you must see how He works by his Word. If you wish to know His purpose before it comes to pass, you can only discover it by His Word.  (Charles Spurgeon)

  • Where I found truth, there found I my God, who is the truth itself.  (Augustine)

  • God has hidden every precious thing in such a way that it is a reward to the diligent, a prize to the earnest, but a disappointment to the slothful soul. All nature is arrayed against the lounger and the idler. The nut is hidden in its thorny case; the pearl is buried beneath the ocean waves; the gold is imprisoned in the rocky bosom of the mountains; the gem is found only after you crush the rock which encloses it; the very soil gives its harvest as a reward to the laboring farmer. So truth and God must be earnestly sought.   (A.B. Simpson)

Exercises from the book, Shaping The Journey of Emerging Adults

  • From p. 123, “Learning to stay connected with reality involves being dependent on the Holy Spirit and staying rooted in the perspectives and truths of Christ.” How does this statement connect with “finding wisdom” for you?

  • Read “Provide correction…” and “Challenge unawareness…” (p. 120-121, also see “Be a truth teller” p. 137). How comfortable are you with providing correction or challenge as a pathway to wisdom for another? How receptive are you to receiving correction or challenge as a pathway to becoming wise?  What holds you back?

  • Read “Everyday Priorities” (p. 194-195). How can a daily “consultation” with God on everyday matters increase your ability to live wisely.  How is a “consultation” prayer different than the way you normally pray?

  • MENTOR: Read “Listening to God for Others” (p. 86-88).  How can “listening to God” be a pathway to wisdom in this relationship? Are you better at “consent” listening or “dual” listening? How can you improve?

  • MENTOR: Read “Strategies for Effective Reflection” (p. 104-105).  How could these ideas provide you with a pathway to wisdom? Pick one to focus on this week and then share your experience with the strategy.

 Explore Scripture

Meditate on one or more of the following passages. Always look them up in context.  Take some time to really explore the verse in relation to this topic.  What does this passage say about where wisdom can be obtained?  Make a note of what you discover to share later.  See "Learn More About Ways to Study Scripture" below for help in getting the most out of the verse.

  • Job 28:28

  • Psalm 19:7-11

  • Psalm 37:1-11

  • Psalm 111:10

  • Proverbs 1:7, 2:6, 15:2, 19:20

  • Jeremiah 33:3

  • Temptation of Christ Matthew 4

  • John 8:12

  • 1 Cor. 1:18-30

  • Colossians 2:2,3

  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17

  • James 1:1-8