By June 8, 2020 Daily Devotionals

June 8, 2020

Prayer- Lord help me to receive and give your wisdom so that your people can live out the plans you have for their lives and shine brightly in a world that needs you.

Scripture:  But wisdom that comes from above is first of all pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
James 3:17 NKJV

As a teacher coach I am often asked for advice.  What should I do about student behavior? How can I teach this topic more effectively? How should I handle an uncomfortable situation with my colleague? I am honored when asked for my opinion or advice. However, recently I was reminded that as teachers and leaders we are given a sacred position of influence. People listen to what we have to say. This is a large responsibility. It is one that requires us to put aside our pride and seek the Lord for insight into the lives of others.

My challenge comes when I see situations through my own eyes. I may see injustice and want to advise retaliation. I may feel burdened and find myself commiserating with someone instead of building them up and helping them see things with a fresh perspective. My human nature is not the lens that will bring about the “good fruit” that James talks about.

There are many places to look for wisdom and countless opinions on any given situation. When giving or taking advice we need to look at things through the lens of Godly wisdom. Use James 3:7 as a filter and guide to heavenly insight. When I am asked for advice and I sense my human nature getting in the way, I try to step away from the situation and bring it to the Lord through prayer. He never fails to guide and when I share His wisdom I know that lives will be impacted for eternity!

Copyright Heather Kohnen,