Godly Wisdom vs Foolish FaithFaithfulness
Ezra 8:22 “I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him”
Ezra was ashamed to use wisdom and ask for the King’s protection because he had boasted before that God would protect them. God did actually come through and protect them from danger this time, but Ezra later accepts the King’s second offer of protection.
It is better to live by godly wisdom than by foolish faith.
I have had times when I have earnestly been praying for God to get me home, because I have foolishly not put fuel in my car. I have had friends who have been deep in faith for their exams, because they have foolishly not revised at all. There are times when we try to get faith to work because we have fallen short in applying wisdom.
Matthew 11:19 “..But wisdom is proved right by her deeds”
So often we ask God to rescue us from situations we have foolishly gotten ourselves into, when he has given us wisdom to live by. In fact that sounds like the message of the Gospel! God does have mercy and does rescue us from these situations, but for how long?
At what point does God expect us to start making some wise decisions? What are you trying to have faith for that you simply need to apply a little wisdom to?