The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10
Waking up each morning, we use our eyes to gauge our surroundings. Is it morning? What time is it? Throughout the day, we rely on our sight. When Balaam traveled to the princes of Moab, he was most likely lost in thought or focused on his physical surroundings. He knew God had given him permission to go, but he did not realize the importance of relying on God for the words to speak. The moment God opened Balaam’s eyes to see the Angel of the Lord, he realized that God’s wisdom was the difference between life and death.
Foolishness starts small. Too often, we rely on our own understanding based on what our eyes can see and on our past experiences. God is untainted by the past or the bias of people. He is omnipresent. When we draw close to God, we draw close to wisdom. This is good news. We can rely on Him and rest in quiet trust, even if we are unsure of what to say or how a situation will unfold.
Spread out your petition before God, and then say, “Thy will, not mine, be done.” The sweetest lesson I have learned in God’s school is to let the Lord choose for me. D. L. Moody
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