Challenging times call for a safe refuge, a good source of wise counsel, and courage to move forward in faith. Can we find answers to all of these needs in Scripture? Someone has defined wisdom as seeing ourselves and our world through the eyes of God, and this ability is activated when we acknowledge our need for His presence in our lives and for His lordship over us (the very lordship He confirmed and demonstrated at the cross). Wisdom is responding with all our heart to God’s call to live under His reign (what Jesus established at Calvary). When God’s wisdom rules our heart, then it provides the right response to relational problems, health crises, financial challenges, religious controversies, political turmoil, social instability and upheaval, you name it. We must turn to the Word of God for the wisdom we need to face challenging times. “Maturity” means this is your instinctive strategy and default mode.