Wisdom is underrated. We need it to navigate life’s path, and the choices we make can be enhanced when made with even an ounce of it. This last week, I have not been using my wisdom very well. I have let emotion get in the way of choices that I have made, and now need an extra input of wisdom to clear things up. I have been asking/begging God to help me with this…and not to let emotion and “hormones” take over! It’s time to ask for advice…and get on my knees! 🙂 It’s not too late yet.
What is wisdom? From what I understand, it means that one has the discretion to listen to advice. To be able to seek the truth, and not be afraid of it. So often we plow forward, there are words of advice given to us, but we think we know better. The bible passages that speak to us are ignored…how can they be relevant to today? But, it is amazing how relevant they are. I think they were written for today! Proverbs, in the bible, is full of tidbits of wisdom. King Solomon was considered the wisest man to ever live. He doesn’t think highly of fools.
“To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding, To receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, judgment, and equity; To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion— A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:2-7 NKJV)
In the last few months, there has been a shift in my spirit. And because of this shift, I find that I want to really seek the face of Jesus. Reading his Word is just part of it. It involves delving into the core of what I am. Seeing the good, the bad and the ugly. I don’t enjoy the process, because so often I can’t see a solution for eradicating the ugly. (But I know the solution is there.) Because of this process, there are situations around me now that can’t be ignored. My motivations need to be analyzed, and it hurts. Having good friends speak truth into my life is part of it, and I am grateful for that.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:2-5 NKJV)
I am asking God for this wisdom. Seeing the trials and testing that are coming makes this a priority. Human emotion won’t work. It’s too easy to say things that shouldn’t be said. “Wise people store up knowledge, But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.” (Proverbs 10:14 NKJV) Once something is said, it can’t be taken back…ever. This blog entry, and a few before this, might sound a bit abstract. It’s not because the thoughts are loftier…it’s because verbalizing the thoughts isn’t always so easy. There is a point where others don’t want to read a rant…but want something that they can relate to and think about. I hope and pray that seeking wisdom is something you also endeavor to do this year. A journey, side by side.