God gave us wisdom in the womb. That bowled me over today when I read it. Not only did He love us so tenderly that we were each made uniquely and with a plan for our lives but He actually taught us wisdom in that secret place. I want to tap into that wisdom more. I want to search the secrets God has already given me but I have not yet tapped into.
First I want to talk about belly buttons. Did the very first man and wife on earth have belly buttons?
I think this is fun. Did they, or didn’t they?
Whoever had the very first child could not have had a belly button, or could they?
To have a belly button a person has to be born and have an umbilical cord. So, could the very first couple on earth have a belly button?
Past the Belly Button into the Womb
Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place.~ Psalm 51:6 NIV
As part of my Bible reading today, I read that one sentence that bowled me over. How could I have not noticed the power of that statement before?
As our bodies were physically developing in our mother’s womb, God taught us wisdom. He has already given it to us. Are we actually tapping into it?
Now that I know it has been instilled in me maybe I can rethink this a bit. I don’t need to keep getting older to get wiser, maybe I could tap into the wisdom that is already deep inside. It is already a part of me. God said so.
Maybe I could be still and search inside for the wisdom that has already been taught to me before I faced the harsh realities of this world.
Part of being chronically ill is plum boredom. Our bodies do not move enough, we don’t have the energy to be active like we used to, the days get longer and they can easily become quite boring. There is no excuse while we are ill not to have quiet time to contemplate this.
Okay, so you may not want to contemplate the belly button theory but I do think it would be advantageous to contemplate the wisdom we were taught from the beginning of our beings.
We require wisdom to move through chronic illness and into a wellness journey. We have the ability to tune out the roar and chaos of this world and quietly listen to that inner wisdom that has already been taught to us.
I just think this is one of the most fun things one could do while being chronically ill.
Let’s tap into that wisdom that was taught to us in the womb, that precious secret place.
Now that I know it is there, I know that I am going to use it as my latest resource. It is life, it is the living God who put it there for us to tap into.
Praise to the God of All Comfort
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.~ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV
For many, being in the womb may bring thoughts of comfort and safety. Not all of us have that perception but I for one am willing to roll with the concept.
My heavenly Father gives me the ultimate eternal comfort. While here on earth there will be troubles, He promises us that reality. Since we are guaranteed troubles, who better to provide comfort and compassion that our Lord Jesus Christ?
We cannot remain the safety and comfort of the womb, we are required to travel through this earthly journey. We have to tap into that wisdom that was taught to us before we faced this harsh world. That wisdom can transform the harshness we face into joy and peace.
I am all for growing my joy and peace during chronic illness so that I am closer to the Lord and walking in His wisdom.
I want to go back to the innocence of a child and see the world from those eyes again, to be able to see others as Jesus sees them.
One simple sentence today has provided a whole new layer of understanding of what has already been given to me, and to you.
Let’s keep growing in the Lord. I know chronic illness feels like stagnation and death but that is not from God. Growth, life, abundance is from Jesus.
Grow deeper in relationship with the Lord…
Demonstrating Wisdom – February 25-27, 2020 sermon by Chuck Swindoll