From time to time, don’t we all struggle to take pivotal decisions in our lives? When we are on a spiritual path, we seek the Will of God to make life changing decisions. More often than not, we find ourselves pouring through the voluminous pages of the Holy Bible, wondering quite naturally at the verses that our eyes gets locked on, and painstakingly trying to decipher what the almighty God is trying to convey to us. We are all bound to get disappointed at this stage!
Decoding Bible verse to perceive the Will of God is not
easy at all…
I go through this regime very often and I am sure many of
us can relate to this spiritual flaw in our life. We wonder why the Lord cannot
be transparent enough to offer solutions on a golden platter, and make our
lives much more easy…
Perhaps, a lot of us are sailing through painful and
difficult moments at this point, sometimes weathering storms all alone; at
times maneuvering through an avalanche of advices from all quarters; feeling totally
blank and lonely, and unable to decide what is best for us.
Abusive relationships, suppressed wives, oppressed
husbands, parents being rebuked by children, temptations, fatal attractions,
extra marital affairs – the skeletons keep tumbling out of our closets all too
often, and hinder our progress, putting us on ever shifting grounds.
How should we discern what the Lord wants us to do in such
difficult moments of our lives? What is the will of God in our life?
have a God that is Alive and Empathetic
Remember that our God is Alive and knows every single feeling
and pain that we go through. To all his children who run to Him for cover and
protection, the Lord can reveal all too well what He has done for them in the
past and what He will do for them in the future. All we need to do is BELIEVE in His immense goodness.
When we are lying low, fighting tooth and nail to get ahead
of the game, biting our heads off to stay afloat, and feeling anything but
happy, remember the silver lining in the cloud – Our God is an all knowing and living God. The God who
blessed you in the past will shower you with success and blessings in the
future too, and will not leave you alone or abandoned.
Now, at this point, when we are at our lowest, the Devil grabs
the dagger and attacks us with scandalous thoughts, and words of
discouragement. We will be under siege of the evil one and have every chance to
slip, fall, and get fatally wounded! However, what we do not know oftentimes, is
that our God watches and waits with arms open wide to take us under his strong
and protective wings.
Our God wants to communicate to us! If only we notice and
run to him!
Acts 22:14 says -“Then he said: The God of our ancestors has
chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear his
We should know that God can speak to us, His children, and
can reveal to us His Will if we so tune our minds to Him. Being baptized, and being a Christian, we
are much privileged to listen to His voice.
See what the Lord reveals to
Moses in Exodus 33:11
The Lord would
speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would
return to the camp.
103:7-He made known his ways to Moses, his
acts to the people of Israel.
We see God directing
Moses to the route he has to take when he is in a confused state. The Lord
tells him to take the direction of the red sea; to stretch out his staff and lead
possible for us mortals to know the Will of God? Absolutely yes!
revealed His will to Moses, to the prophets, to His chosen people, and to St
Paul, He can also reveal His Will to us. God speaks to us like a friend. He does not do anything without
revealing His secretes to His people. In order to receive His Will
and be receptive to His voice, we need the Gift
The Fruits of Wisdom
We are on an endless pursuit for more money, more jewels, more gold, more fame-endless lists and agendas throng our mind… But, the word of God is teaching us that wisdom is far better and greater, and cannot compare with any of the things that we crave to attain on earth.
Proverbs 8:12 says-I, wisdom, live with prudence and I attain
knowledge and discretion.
8:12, we see that wisdom is personified. Wisdom is one of the gifts of the
Holy Spirit, and has unlimited power and glory. The Holy Spirit deeply desires
us to have Him, the Wisdom that we need for making the right decisions in life
through the knowledge and discretion it provides.
Wisdom 1:2 says-because he is found by
those who do not put him to the test, and manifests himself to those who do not
If you struggle to distinguish the Will of God, unable to take a
decision for yourself, The Lord reminds us that you are in need of the Gift of Wisdom.
However, quite gravely, our God also reminds us all too clearly that to attain
wisdom, one has to be free from sin and
Wisdom passes to those who lead a holy life and makes them friends
with God, for God loves nothing so much as the person who
lives with wisdom.
Wisdom 1:4- because wisdom will not enter a deceitful soul, or dwell in a body enslaved to sin.
In the Old Testament, we see Moses, Saul and David became friends
of God through the Gift of Wisdom. Through friendship with God, we get to know His
Will and the directions He provide. For this, we need to deeply desire for
wisdom and pray for it.
Again, to receive the gift of wisdom
– Fear the Lord.
Wisdom cannot associate with pride, arrogance or perverted speech because
wisdom is divinely pure.
Proverbs 8:14- I have good advice and sound wisdom; I have insight, I have strength.
The most important thing we must understand about wisdom is that our God is not always transparent in giving answers to our questions. You ask a specific question to our Lord, you could get a very vague and generalized answer. You ask God for a material need, your answer could be something unexpected and perplexing.
However, if you have the gift of wisdom, you will know that the answer that the Lord has given solves the root of all our problems. To gain such Wisdom and insight is not easy. It comes with relentless prayer, purity, and devotion to God.
Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
This is a
word of God we can hold on to, and a beautiful promise for Wisdom! We only have
to call out to Him to realize this promise.
Our God has
already kept his promise innumerable times through the prophets, priests, and
even in our own lives, sometimes without our knowledge and understanding.
Are you pondering
as to how to receive this wisdom?
Here areseven immaculate
ways to pour out the wisdom from God
the Holiness and Purity of Our Body
In order to receive wisdom, we need to be pure and holy in its highest
Wisdom 7 :27 says that unless
we keep ourselves holy, and keep away from impurity, wisdom is unattainable. Wisdom
cannot dwell in perverted spirits and sinful minds.
If you keep
your body as a living sacrifice, quenching your uncontrollable desires,
thoughts and actions, you will receive pure, joyous, ever flowing wisdom from
St Paul instructs us in Romans 12:1:
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters,
by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and
acceptable to God, which is your spiritualworship.
Burdens, Anxiety and Involvement
Second step to wisdom is to avoid all kinds of burdens and
anxieties of the world. When the mind gets occupied in too
many affairs of the living world, wisdom shuts its door on you. God’s voice,
instruction, and direction will not be received. Wisdom of God can come only to
those who do not busy themselves with too many cares of the world.
38:24-The wisdom of the scribe
depends on the opportunity of leisure;
only the one who has little business
can become wise.
3. Great Love for the
Word of God
1:1-All wisdom comes from God and with him it
God is love and pursuit of God’s love and his
promises leads us to wisdom untold and to domains untrodden. Wisdom is
unfailing and radiant. Set your desires on the word of God; deeply long for
them and the Lord will instruct us to the path we have to trod.(Wisdom 6:11-12)
Our Lord will protect us from evil will and unfavorable circumstances
while we pray and seek His Wisdom. Even without our knowledge, things start
looking up, and the Lord will ensure that we remain safe and protected within
any evil domain (Sirach 6:37)
4. Pray at the break of
Early morning prayer is hailed as enormously gratifying and powerful.
of our Lord Jesus reveals to us that he was in the mountains praying to his
father, even before sunrise. In the
morning, god is waiting to shower his wisdom upon us. Prayers that you
direct towards the Lord’s presence at the break of dawn will provide instant
answers and compelling solutions…
Wisdom 6:14 One who rises
early to seek her will have no difficulty, for she will be found sitting at the
When you direct your prayers to our Lord, and
remember his steadfast love early in the morning, God will open his treasure
chest and shower his wisdom and blessings upon you.
5. Spiritual Fathers and
It is important to have a Spiritual Father to get
spiritual direction and guidance in your life. Let us remember how Joshua the
prophet received profound wisdom through Moses. Joshua was very close to Moses
and Moses blessed him abundantly.
Joshua son of Nun
was full of the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands on him; and
the Israelites obeyed him, doing as the Lord had commanded Moses.
Association with spiritual people provides us
with profound wisdom in its truest sense. Spiritual fathers will eventually
transmit their blessings onto us, and this is of tremendous value to grow in
spirit and Wisdom.
The blessings that we get from our spiritual
fathers and friendships are the blessings from God our Father itself. Just as God
blessed Abraham, Abraham blessed Isaac, Isaac transmitted his blessings to
Jacob, Jacob blessed Joseph and his son Ephraim and Manasseh, blessings from
our spiritual fathers too are of great significance to us.
To get these blessings ourselves, we need Spiritual
and Godly people who can direct us to divine wisdom and enlightenment.
Wisdom of the Lord is transmitted to us when
spiritual fathers and anointed priests lay their hands on our heads to bless
us. We must cultivate this culture of getting associated with special men of
wisdom to get their blessings transmitted to us and the coming generation for
our greater glory.
Sirach6:36 If you see an intelligent person, rise early to
visit Him; Let you foot wear out His doorstep.
Sirach 37:12- But associate with a godly person whom you know
to be a keeper of the commandments, who is like-minded with yourself, and who
will grieve with you if you fail.
Why do we need a Spiritual Father?
Let us now shift our focus to people who are
failing and struggling. More often than not, they do not have a spiritual
father. Either they lack interest in the word of God and the wisdom it
provides, or they just don’t recognize its importance.
Even anointed priests are not immune to the need
of a spiritual father. To lead them and guide them through their path of
spirituality; when they go wrong; to provide advice in taking decisions for themselves;
to be independent in their own right, the role of a spiritual father cannot be
diminished in any way. Spiritual fathers provide proper directions, corrections,
and discipline to the priests, and just like us, they require it until the end
of their service to the Lord.
People who direct and help others cannot direct
themselves effectively. They need help from other godly people.
In a parish, your Parish Priest is your
official Spiritual Father appointed by God. If you look at people who are spiritually
inclined, happy, and peace loving, they will always have spiritual fathers
6. Fear of the
Lord is the Source of all Wisdom
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom.
All those who practice it have a good understanding of wisdom. Wisdom prospers
in one’s heart through the fear of the Lord. With the fear of the Lord, we
become God’s friends and haters of evil.
Psalm 25:12 – Who are they that fear the Lord? He will teach
them the way that they should choose.
Are you struggling to choose a way in your life?
Confused whether to be married or take a spiritual path? Frustrated as to what
career to choose and which country to settle in? Our Lord is capable of providing
you with answers to all kinds of doubts, if you so desire and call out to him.
Depart from evil and God will
pour out his wisdom upon us.
Look at the life of Joseph the patriarch. Potiphar’s
wife tempted Joseph to commit a sexual sin. Joseph had all the circumstances
conducive to commit the sin, and keep it hidden from the world. Yet Joseph chose
to say, ‘‘I cannot commit this sin, I
Fear of the Lord lifted Joseph up. Similarly,
the Lord wants all of us to practice the ‘’fear of the Lord ‘’and be exalted in
Sirach 1:26 if we desire Wisdom, keep the commandments and
the Lord will lavish her upon you.
7. Praying for Wisdom
Last but not the least, The Book of Wisdom Chapter 9 is a
very powerful Bible verse that you can include in your daily prayer, early in the morning. It is the
prayer of King Solomon ardently seeking the Gift of Wisdom.
It is interesting to note that Solomon himself acknowledges that
he is an ordinary man, the Lord’s servant. But when he prayed for wisdom, the
Lord readily granted it to him in abundance. This should be an encouragement to
all of us ordinary human beings to plead with our Lord to provide us with the
wealth of Wisdom.
Taking a decision in our life, knowing God’s will, and
leading a life pleasing to him are things that help us to grow in spirituality
Let the Gift of Wisdom shine through our lives and
enlighten our souls to perfection!