Wednesday, May 29, 2019

A thought from Jill on wisdom from God's Word

Proverbs 3:7-8,15-18 NLT
Don't be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. [8] Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.

[15] Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. [16] She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. [17] She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. [18] Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.

Here we are told a couple of things about wisdom

1. Wisdom is precious, valuable and worth achieving as wisdom is a wonderful guide.

2. Though wisdom is valuable, don't be proud about it, or be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead,  be humble and let God guide your path.

This reminds me of some other verses about wisdom.

James tells us that true wisdom, comes from God. He delights to give us wisdom if we ask for it and trust God for it.

James 1:5-6 NLT
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. [6] But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.

God will also guide us and let us know which path to take.

Isaiah 30:21 NLT
Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, "This is the way you should go," whether to the right or to the left.

The context of this verse is that Israel had wandered away from God. He waited for their return and promised them that when they came to him they could trust him to guide them, to lead them and to hear his voice telling them which way to go.

We too can trust God to guide us on the right path,  to give us wisdom when we need it, and to know how to move forward. He will tell us which way to go, and give us wisdom to make the right choice.

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