𝓛𝓸𝓻𝓭, 𝔀𝓱𝓮𝓷 𝓪𝓶 𝓘 𝓰𝓸𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓽𝓸 𝓱𝓪𝓿𝓮 𝔀𝓲𝓼𝓭𝓸𝓶?
I had a birthday 2 weeks ago... on Christmas Day. Yep. Me and Jesus. Same day! You’d think I’d be a little more like Him by now, but 46 years into this thing, I’m asking Him for wisdom more than ever - and feeling less and less like I know where to go from here. Is anybody else with me?
How do I do my work well, Lord... to honor you and speak life to these women?
What do I tell my son who wants to know if life gets better after school is done?
How do we counsel our man-child about choosing a wife... his life mate?
Where do we go from here in caring for aging parents with love and gentleness?
What do we do right now in our finances as we see the end of our days more clearly now than the beginning?
𝓛𝓸𝓻𝓭, 𝔀𝓮 𝓷𝓮𝓮𝓮𝓭 𝔀𝓲𝓼𝓭𝓸𝓶.
I’ve been both challenged and comforted in my month-long commitment to read Proverbs with my church. And I’m especially loving chapter 8 so far.
TRUTH. Wisdom is right, better than gold, strength, honor, happiness, delight, justice, a harvest, God’s favor. Wisdom is life. And it’s a bi-product that comes when we seek the Lord first. It’s a reward from Him rather than a treasure we obtain by trying harder to find it.
Christian writer Erin Davis of @shereadstruth shares this thought, “ultimately my pursuit of wisdom is an outflow of my craving to know God. It is an act of worship, and the rewards are gifts from Him, not achievements of mine.” Good words.
The fact that I feel more called than ever to seek wisdom from God, is actually an indication that maybe I am growing a bit wiser. I don’t have this thing figured out. He does. And with my seeking of Him first, He will pour into me the nuggets of wisdom that I need to do today better than I could have ever done on my own. One crossroad at a time.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” - Proverbs 9:10
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” - James 1:2-6