This is Barbara, of Precepts and Promises, here with my post for week 41 (!) of Providence 365.
Most of us would like to be wise, wouldn’t we? Perhaps not older and wiser, though, just wiser! But, what exactly is wisdom? Where does it come from? And, most importantly, how do we acquire it?
I have a giant, (really, it’s over 6 inches thick) Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary from 1947. The definition of wisdom from it reads, in part:
“…the faculty of making the best use of knowledge…In Scripture, right judgment,
concerning religious and moral truth…the knowledge and fear of God,
and sincere and uniform obedience to his commands.”
Wisdom isn’t just knowledge; like Webster said, it’s making the best use of that knowledge. There’s an old quip that’s appropiate: “A smart man knows that a tomato is a fruit; a wise man knows not to put it in a fruit salad.”
I chose Job 38: 36 for this week’s verse:
“Who has put wisdom in the innermost being, or given understanding to the mind?”
This is obviously a rhetorical question, as God asked this of Job to bring Job to point of complete and utter submission to God’s rule and reign in his life, to a place of wisdom. Are you in that place? Do you know and fear (have deep respect for) God, having sincere and uniform obedience to His commands? Most of us would fall short, if we are honest with ourselves.
So, if we are lacking, what are we to do? Again, Scripture has the answer! Proverbs 8 tells us that wisdom:
“lifts up her vioce, on top of the heights beside the way, where the paths meet,…
beside the gates, at the opening to the city, at the entrance to the doors.”
Today’s equilivent would be, “in the mall, at Target, on your street, all over the internet.” Wisdom is there, waiting for us to seek and find her, Providentially placed in our path. IF we would only have eyes to see!
So, this week, diligently LOOK for the examples of wisdom in your everyday life; they are there, I’m sure. And, then please come back and post in our forum
at Faith Sisters. Pam and I love seeing your pages testify to God and His goodness and mercy.
And, speaking of Pam, when this is posted on Sunday, we will actually be together in Las Vegas, in “real” life, where we’re both attending a digiscrap event! I’m very excited to get to meet her in the flesh and am very much looking forward to it.
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