Daily Devotions

Pray for discernment (1)

October 18, 2021

“The sons of Issachar…had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.” 1Ch 12:32 NKJV


Who said, “I tell you Wellington is a bad general, the English are bad soldiers; we will settle the matter by lunchtime”? Napoleon Bonaparte over breakfast with his generals just before the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Who said, “I think there is a world market for about five computers”? Thomas J. Watson, the chairman of IBM, in 1943. Who said, “I don’t need bodyguards”? Jimmy Hoffa, a month before his disappearance in 1975. What did all these men have in common? Lack of discernment—and it cost them dearly. When it comes to seeing life’s opportunities and solving life’s problems, you need discernment. It enables you to see what others don’t, fill in the missing pieces, and get to the heart of the matter. If you can see the root cause of a problem, you have a much better chance of solving it. That means when you stay in the area of your core gift, your discernment will be stronger. So if you want to tap into your discernment potential, work from the areas of your strength. But do more. Pray for discernment. It’s one of the nine “gifts of the Spirit” promised to us in Scripture (See 1Co 12:7-10 NKJV). Some of Israel’s greatest victories were won when David was king. And when we study the makeup of his army, we read, “The sons of Issachar…had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.” Discernment enables you to see doors of opportunity where others see only brick walls. It will save you from life’s pitfalls and show you what you “ought to do”—so pray for discernment.

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