God promises His wisdom: "If any of you lacks
wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without
reproach, and it will be given to him." (Jas 1:5, NKJV). But how
can we hear His voice of wisdom?
Last week, in Hearing God's Voice of Wisdom, Part 1B, we saw through the example of my son's co-ops how God revealed His Wisdom through His Word, circumstances, and by giving His peace. Are these His only ways of revealing His wisdom?
Not to a heart that recognizes His voice!
My Toyota Echo was 11 years old, and the Odometer read nearly 250,000 km (150,000 miles). Since the crash of the previous summer, it was beginning to show its age, but it was still a reliable little car, it got good mileage, and it got me to work and back.
Our plan was to replace the car in the fall of that year, and when my older son's co-op almost caused us to replace it early, God's voice in my mind was firm: No! As the year progressed, every time I heard of a car sale going on, I was tempted to let go of the Echo early. Each time, I didn't have release in my spirit. God continued to say speak to my mind, "Not yet!"
It was early June, and the Echo was long overdue for an oil change. I dropped it off at the local Toyota dealer and took their shuttle to work. During the shuttle ride back to the dealership, the driver began telling me about the new Toyota hybrid, the Prius C.
Having a heart for the environment, I had been wanting a hybrid. I hadn't seriously considered it, however, as they are too expensive for our budget. I now listened with interested as the shuttle driver said, "It's a compact hybrid that is affordable. We can't keep them on the lot, and people are waiting months to get them!"
Was this the car for us? If so, maybe we needed to get our name on the waiting list!
"We have one on the lot right now," continued the driver.
My ears pricked up a bit, but I kept remembering how God had been telling me it wasn't the right time for a new car.
"It's loaded with extras," she continued, "therefore it's a bit pricier than the base models." As she pulled into the dealership, she swung around and sure enough, there was a red Prius C.
It was, indeed, more money then we could afford, however, and besides, God hadn't said it was time for a new car. I pushed it out of my mind.
"Your car isn't safe to drive," stated the repairman as I went to pick up my keys. "It needs 2,500$ worth of work to make it pass a safety test!"
As I turned to leave, he asked, "Do you have CAA?" When I assured him that I did belong to the local auto club, he said, "Good, I would have advised you to get it if you didn't..."
I realized that he was giving me a warning: My car could break down at any time. Was this God's way of telling us it was time to replace my baby? "But it's not fall," I continued to argue. "Is this the time? Despite our desire to wait?"
I was immediately overwhelmed with the answer in my mind: "Yes!"
God was giving me His wisdom through my mind, and maybe He was even telling me exactly what car to replace my Echo with.
Or was it just my over-active imagination playing games on me?
As it turned out, it was time for a new car, but God had some convincing to do before I understood it was His will. Please join us next week for the conclusion of Hearing God’s Voice of Wisdom to find out how God convinced me it was time for a new car!
In His love,
Lyn Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author -- "Aboard God's Train -- A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, and Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with Answers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.
(To access the entire "Hearing God's Voice of Wisdom" mini-series, please click here.)