For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it. Proverbs 8:11
Think about those words written by Solomon thousands of years ago. Really let yourself sit with this proverb.
“Nothing you desire can compare with it…”
What are some things we desire that some how end up having higher value, than wisdom? Money? Job title? Success of our kids? Educational degrees?
It’s easy to go through our week and not intentionally think about our need for wisdom. Maybe the reasons why is we tend to lean on our experience or smarts. Both play a role yet, neither are enough by themselves. Wisdom is the meshing of our intelligence, experience and connection with God all wrapped in one.
The two most common questions I’ve heard regarding wisdom are:
1. Isn’t wisdom just doing what the Bible says?
2. How does one attain wisdom?
The first answer is no. No, because not all circumstances we face in life are specifically dealt with in the Bible. Wisdom must go beyond knowing and doing the Word of God (although this is always the starting point). God’s wisdom also includes a sensitive and mature judgement where and how a situation needs to be worked out when the Bible isn’t clear on what we are to do.
The second is simple. ASK! Scripture tells us that if anyone lacks wisdom, they should ask God and he will give it generously (James 1:5). This is a promise, friends!
Placing a high value on wisdom isn’t easy, but how much richer, happier and healthier our lives are when we seek wisdom and apply it. Let’s all give it a try this week. I doubt any of us will regret it!
Grace and Peace,