The book of Proverbs is full of wisdom for our lives. In it we find principles and truths that offer us God's direction for day to day living. This nugget of wisdom is a needed reminder. It's easy to talk the talk, but walking the walk is what we are called to do. It's good to dream, to brainstorm, and to plan, but we can't stop there. We need to put those dreams and plans to work. This reminder is important to me, because I love to dream and plan, but those dreams and plans won't matter if we don't get to work. What is it that God has put in your heart to do? The "profit" will only come if we put in the work! Solomon reminds in Ecclesiastes that the opportunity to do the work is limited. Let's get started today!
Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might,for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.
Wisdom gives us the ability to see beyond the moment. One benefit of that is being able to "see" what is coming and prepare. What preparations do you need to be making today so that you will not suffer tomorrow?
Last Friday I shared a link on my Facebook page from Jon Acuff. I received a good amount of feedback on it and thought it would be worth posting again. It is a short read, but a great reminder for parents. If you have young children, take a couple of minutes and check out this great post. Don't let culture be the loudest voice in your child's life!
This verse from Proverbs brings a smile to our faces, but the truth of this verse should be taken to heart. In Proverbs the wise and the fool are often contrasted. Dealing with a fool can be very dangerous. Choosing who you associate with is a critical decision in life. Choose wisely, and choose not to be the fool yourself! Seek God's wisdom! Read Proverbs 17 today to grow in wisdom and remove foolishness from your life!
Do you like to wait? I'm going to assume that answer to that question is probably a big NO! Now some of us are more patient than others, but waiting is just plain annoying to most of us. However, God often calls His people to wait. To wait on His timing, to wait on His plans and not ours. This morning as I was reading through Proverbs I was reminded of a simple and yet extremely profound truth. It is a verse God has used many times in my life, but once again I needed a reminder.
Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.
We make all kinds of plans in life and there is nothing wrong with that, but we need to be willing to submit those plans to the Lord and let Him guide and direct our steps. I am in the middle of a season of life where I am anxiously awaiting the next step. It is easy to talk about waiting, but hard to do it! I read an article the other day that helped set some perspective on God's timing, which is so different than ours. Check out this link, I think it will encourage you and help remind you that sometimes, many times, God's answer to our prayers is wait!
What do you consider valuable? There are many things we assign value to in life. Money is certainly one of the things that we all assign value to. After all, we need money to live and beyond survival money can bring the comforts of this world into our lives. What could be more valuable than money? Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, challenged the reader of Proverbs to value wisdom more than money. Why would he make such a statement? What is wisdom anyway? Wisdom is the ability to use knowledge correctly. Wisdom is crucial to navigating life successfully. Without wisdom we will make foolish mistake after foolish mistake and no matter how much money we have, our life will be a tragic failure. Therefore we need to seek after wisdom. How do we do that? The pursuit of wisdom begins with reverence for God and the realization that He is the source of all true wisdom. Realizing that, we then need to value God's wisdom. When we value something we treat it differently. Do you have a possession that you value greatly? How do you treat it? Do you care for it and protect it diligently? The way you treat something shows the value you assign to it.
In order to attain God's wisdom for our lives we need to value it greatly. Solomon (who had more riches than anyone in the world during his life) challenges his readers to assign a value to wisdom that is greater than value they put on money. In a culture than obsesses about money and status this is a radically different viewpoint! When we value wisdom in this way, we will seek after it and put it to practice it in our lives. If you were to honestly evaluate your life today, where would wisdom rank in what you value? Do you seek wisdom more passionately than money? Consider the words of Solomon and the importance of wisdom in life. Do you have the proper value assigned to wisdom?
Proverbs 8:10 Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, 11 for wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
Life requires wisdom. Navigating the pathways of this life without wisdom is not only foolish, but painful. Look at what Proverbs 1:26-7 say about the one who rejects God’s wisdom.
Proverbs 1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when terror strikes you, 27 when terror strikes you like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.
I don’t want that to be a description of my life. I want my life’s journey to be be guided by the wisdom of God. Proverbs 1:7 tells us that wisdom begins by seeing God for who He is and developing a true reverence for Him. God’s wisdom is available to all of us, but only attained by those that reverence Him.
During the month of October I am reading through the book of Proverbs. Proverbs is a book of wisdom and in studying chapter one today, I was reminded of the need to keep learning. Proverbs 1:5 gives us insight about our need to contuse to learn: “Let the wise hear and increase in learning”. We never outgrow our need to learn. One of the key marks of a wise person is their desire to be a lifetime learner. In a situation I was dealing with today, I was reminded that one of the great dangers in life is when “we don’t know that we don’t know.” Think about that for a minute! When we “don’t know that we don’t know” we are a danger to ourselves and others. One of the ways that we can avoid this disastrous scenario is to keep learning, because one of the benefits to continual learning is we are reminded of how much we don’t know! Knowing that you don’t know it all - that’s wisdom!
My challenge to you today is to keep learning! Read, travel, think,have challenging conversations, and above all seek the wisdom of God by reverencing Him for who He is! Join me in a journey through Proverbs this month - just a chapter a day!