Discover His heart: He desires to give wisdom to all those who follow after Him
Everyone wants to be wise. No one has ever said to me, “I can’t wait to be foolish today!” Most of us have a natural curiosity about how things are made, where they come from and how they affect us. When I was a teenager, I was asked what my favorite book was, and without hesitation, I replied, “The Encyclopedia.” I know this sounds strange coming from a young person, and of course, my answer should have been the Bible, but I’ve always loved moments of random learning.
We couldn’t afford the coveted set of World Book Encyclopedia, and the internet was not available back in the dark ages; but every chance I got, I paged through the volume of knowledge held between the pages of the encyclopedia at the library. However, possessing all this knowledge does not a wise person make. Wisdom is the ability to apply the knowledge we have, and this is what Solomon was addressing in our reading today.
@ Proverbs 2
Proverbs 2 is a tutorial on how to find wisdom, where to find it, who it is for and what we receive once we obtain it. All this in 22 little verses! Only a very wise man could accomplish this in so few words.
How: Listen for wisdom, concentrate on it, ask for it with fervor and search for it like one who is digging deep in a mine for silver. This proves to the Lord that we respect Him and what He has to say. (2-5)
Where: Wisdom comes from the Lord. “For the Lord grants wisdom!” (6)
Who: God responds with wisdom (knowledge, understanding, common sense, protection) to those who are honest, walk with integrity, are just and faithful. (6-8)
What: We will understand what is right, just and fair; we find the right path to walk; we are filled with joy; we are kept safe; we are protected from evil people, including immoral woman and men; and we make right choices. (9-16)
The process is like a chain reaction. We ask for wisdom and diligently search for it > through His Word we learn how to live a life of integrity and righteousness > He grants wisdom in response to our life of integrity > we are blessed with understanding, guidance, joy and protection. What a deal! All of this is ours today for the low, low start-up cost of asking.
@ Proverbs 3
The mark of a truly wise person is one who follows this advice from Solomon: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.”(5-7) It’s difficult to trust with all my heart in someone I don’t know very well, risky at best. Trust develops through relationship and time spent together – enough said.
We may say that we have faith in God, but it is trust that applies the action to our faith. Faith is the noun, and trust is the verb that demonstrates our faith. Faith without trust is like knowledge without wisdom – great to possess but not always useful. When I depend on my own understanding, there’s really only one person to trust in, and that’s me – not very wise when the wisdom of heaven is mine for the asking.
Moving Forward: “Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her.” (18) Today I seek His wisdom in what I do and say. And I trust His wisdom to guide and direct my steps.
Tomorrow @ Lamentations