Start the new year with the word of God! Hillsong Church's global pastor Brian Houston is making available via his website a 5-day devotional which can help you steer into 2020 with Godly wisdom. You can sign up for Wisdom Leads the Way here.
Here's a snippet of what pastor Brian has to say about Godly wisdom:
"Wisdom is the number one thing we should pursue in life - the PRINCIPAL thing! Not human wisdom, which is a product of our own understanding and experience, but the wisdom that comes from God. If godly wisdom is the number one thing then it has everything to do with determining the course and success of our life. So how do we get this wisdom? And how can we know the difference between God's wisdom and our own?
Believe it or not, the Bible has a lot to say about wisdom.
You may be wondering, what's the difference between wisdom and knowledge? Simply explained, knowledge means you are in possession of the facts, while wisdom uses the facts to extrapolate the best outcome. But the wisest person alive is still limited and subject to errors in judgment. But God is all knowing, unbound by time and so can determine the end from the beginning. No one else but God possesses these qualities.
So, rather than wearing yourself out, relying on your own knowledge or the knowledge of others in the pursuit of success, make the getting of God's wisdom your priority. Rather than trying to GET rich, GET WISDOM! The wisest and richest man in history said it this way:
Don't wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit.
Proverbs 23:4 (NLTse)
So, where does God's wisdom begin? Where do you start? Solomon leaves no doubt:
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Proverbs 9:10 (NKJV)
The 'fear of the Lord' is not a cowering fear of God, but an awe-filled reverence and respect for who He is. Essentially, if you fear God, you have decided that nothing in life is more important than knowing Him. Knowing God and pursuing His ways is foundational to finding godly wisdom. In the many crossroads of life, we are faced with many decisions. Which way do I go? Which is the better choice? Do you realise Wisdom has a real voice that is calling out to you?
Listen as Wisdom calls out! Hear as understanding raises her voice!
On the hilltop along the road, she takes her stand at the crossroads.
Proverbs 8:1-2 (NLTse)"
Brian Houston is the Global Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church, a worldwide family of congregations comprising more than 100,000 weekly attendees. Considered by many as a leading voice in the shaping of contemporary leadership values and church culture, Houston is highly regarded for his bold innovation and passion for the local church. He is a visionary when it comes to empowering the next generation of leaders with fresh Biblical teaching, relevant worship and accessible community.