“Don’t interrupt,” is a primary lesson I try to teach my daughters. Watching them struggle to listen patiently while they wait their turn to speak is like looking in the mirror. A lover of people and conversation, I often struggle to concentrate on what others are saying! As excited as we are to share our experiences, so is God to share His wisdom and love with us if we will have ears to hear and receive it.

Paul wrote the prayer above to the Ephesians, in hopes they would realize what they were spiritually blind to. God has not only purposefully placed people in our lives to pour wisdom into our hearts and minds, but He surrounds us with connecting moments when we seek to see Him in His word and throughout our days.

The eyes of your heart, describes our minds, understanding or inner awareness (NIV). Wisdom can be defined as “knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgement as to action.” As Christ followers, James reminded us not just to be hearers of the word, but doers. When we daydream through the sermon or scroll through our social media feeds instead of looking up and out into the world, we really do miss the wisdom of God. Learning to listen takes the discipline of focus. It requires an open heart and teachable spirit, willing to walk through each day expectantly waiting for God to layer wisdom and revelation into our hearts and souls.

Another common Biblical word in reference to wisdom is discernment, “to perceive by the sight or some other sense or intellect: see, recognize, or apprehend.” God is faithful to confirm His word and His lead in our lives. We are able to discern His directives through the Holy Spirit’s presence in every Christ follower. The Holy Spirit sees and knows what we do not and cannot. There is a war waging for our souls. We often will not have the words to utter the aid we need from God, but the Spirit translates our uttering to God! In the same way, the person of the Holy Spirit comforts, guides, and stands by us daily, at the ready to help us discern the wisdom of God. Truthfully, God promises when we seek Him, we will find Him. Connecting the dots we cannot see is the work of the Holy Spirit – the very power of God in every one of us.