Devotionals by Dr. Stephen Davey

“Night-Night”

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. - James 1:5
 
We have four children, and all four had the same problem when they were babies: they wouldn’t fall asleep unless we were in the room with them.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
At eight months, when one of our twin sons would start crying, the other would try to outdo him. They couldn’t understand that we needed sleep, too! So our real aim was not so much to help them get to sleep as it was to teach them how to sleep without us in the room. 
 
In a couple of more months they would figure out how to climb out of their cribs and toddle into our room; that would prove to be a different challenge altogether. 
 
Just when all seemed lost, an experienced parent gave us some good advice: wait ten minutes after the twins started to cry, go into the bedroom, pick them up with their pacifiers, give them a hug, lay them down, put their blankie back under their chins, pat them on the head, and say, “Night-night.” Then leave.
 
Of course, the crying would start again—at an even higher pitch.  However, we were to wait fifteen minutes this time before repeating the process.  By now their little faces were red from screaming at our indifference.  The next time we’d wait an additional five minutes . . . then five more . . . and so on, until they finally fell asleep from sheer exhaustion.  We did, too! 
 
Marsha and I put this advice to the test and found that in one week, it worked wonders.
 
Has it ever occurred to you that a child’s ability to sleep alone is a sign of physical and mental maturity? Our own spiritual maturity is validated by our ability to rest in God even when we feel alone . . . when God seems absent or distant.
 
Wisdom teaches us that sleepless nights and physical trials don’t mean God has disappeared. They may very well be His way of helping us to grow up. 
 
James reminds us in his epistle that if any of us lacks wisdom, we should ask God because He gives to all who seek it. I love that word all. God doesn’t play favorites. He doesn’t say, “Sorry, but you’re not one of my top students; you don’t get as much as the other guy.” No. God gives wisdom to all who ask. 
 
And not just a little spoonful, either—He dishes it out generously.  God never says, “You again?! Sorry, I’ve got no more left; you used the last bit of wisdom earlier this morning.”
 
Hardly.  God’s supply never runs out . . . He always has plenty in stock!
 
Warren Wiersbe tells the story of a secretary who underwent a severe trial. Her husband had lost his sight and she had suffered a minor stroke simultaneously. Not long after, her husband grew ill and was rushed to the hospital. 
 
Wiersbe spoke to her at church one Sunday and assured her that he was praying for them. She startled him when she asked, “What exactly are you asking God to do?” “Well,” he responded, “I’m asking God to help you and strengthen you.” She replied, “I appreciate that, but I want you to pray for this: that I’ll have the wisdom not to waste all this suffering.”
 
This woman knew the meaning of James 1:5. And she was truly growing up in her walk with Christ as she prayed for wisdom to make the most of her trial. 
 
Grow up! Let  your prayer today be for wisdom . . . no matter what you’re facing.
 
Prayer Point: Whatever trial you’re going through today, pray for God to help you make the most of it by giving you wisdom to see it through. 
 
Extra Refreshment: Read the comforting words of King David in Psalms 30  as he remembers God’s character and love, even in the midst of distress.

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About Wisdom for the Heart

Wisdom for the Heart is an international Bible-teaching ministry based on the sermons of Dr. Stephen Davey. The broadcast Wisdom for the Heart is heard on more than 300 radio stations throughout the United States, as well as transmitted to the Middle East (Arabic), Europe (English), Latin America (Spanish), and Africa (Swahili).

 

About Dr. Stephen Davey

Stephen Davey is the son of missionary parents and was raised to love Christ, His Church, and His Word. In his last year of high school, Stephen committed his life to serving Christ and prepared for a life of servant-leadership at Liberty University, Tennessee Temple University, Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary, and Dallas Theological Seminary.

Following graduation from Dallas Seminary in 1986, Stephen and Marsha trusted Christ for His provision and moved with their infant twin sons to Cary, NC, to plant Colonial Baptist Church. From the beginning, Stephen preached verse-by-verse, while Marsha created the nursery and children’s programs. In those early days, word of this new church’s commitment to Bible exposition spread rapidly around town, and the fellowship was soon overflowing with attendees.

After worshipping in a school for six years, Colonial moved into its first building, located on seven acres. Within a year, the church not only outgrew its first building but the entire master plan. Nine years later Colonial moved to its present location on forty acres, where several buildings have been designed to maximize outreach, discipleship, community, and worship. The church family currently engages in more than 100 ministries carried out by several thousand volunteers and led by an excellent, Christ-honoring administrative support team and pastoral staff. Their united global vision remains front and center as the Word of God continues to be expounded — and applied.

Stephen also serves as the president of Shepherds Theological Seminary, a young and exciting seminary which has already earned accreditation with TRACS and associate membership status with ATS. With an outstanding faculty and growing student body, Shepherds currently meets on the beautiful campus of Colonial. Stephen enjoys interacting with the students, as well as teaching Pastoral Theology and Creative Bible Teaching.

As the Bible teacher of Wisdom for the Heart, Stephen takes the message of the Gospel around the world. Spanish programming is currently broadcast on 90 radio stations and can be heard throughout Central and South America, reaching an estimated 70 million people. The people have responded hungrily to the teaching of God’s Word.

The Arabic translations are being aired on stations located throughout the Middle East, covering much of Iraq, Kurdistan, Jerusalem, Jordan, and Palestine, reaching an estimated 10 million listeners daily in their own language. In the Middle East, there are 300 million Muslims who need to hear the Gospel.

Swahili is now reaching a potential African audience of more than 50 million listeners. Like the Arab world, spiritual darkness encompasses daily life. Most of the 180 million who use Swahili daily are Muslim; life is governed by Islamic tradition and the teachings of the Koran.

Print and audio resources are available in book and transcript form, CDs, MP3s, and podcasts. Everything Stephen has preached throughout his ministry is now available at no charge in transcript and audio formats at wisdomonline.org. We are praising God for the things He has done—and the things He is doing!

Stephen and Marsha have been married 31 years and have been blessed with twin sons Benjamin [wife Caroline], and Seth; daughters Candace and Charity.

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