Sunday, 19 June 2016

10 Minute Daily Retreat: June - Gift of Wisdom 4

Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani (No.211)

"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." Matthew 6:33

I'm working on a new novel and I've struggled to understand the fundamental motivation of one of my own characters.

I know what he wants, but not why. I've had to 'interview' him virtually non-stop for over a week. While I walked, drove, cooked, stared into the computer…I've felt like shaking him, 'why? Why do you desire this goal? It's a crazy goal, but you desperately want it. Why?'

You and I desire many things; a healthy body, a successful novel, recognition in the workplace, a stable income, loving relationships. None of these are bad. Many of these God desires for us.

Wisdom is knowing that if our fundamental desire is for God, He knows best which of these desires He will satisfy.

'Seek first the kingdom of heaven, and all these will be given you.'

Wisdom is not a 'prosperity gospel.' It's a gospel of poverty. Complete emptying of all desire so that God alone is our heart's desire.

Read the scripture slowly
Reflect on its meaning for you
Listen for God's voice in the stillness
Pray for God's blessing upon you.