The Value of Wisdom

She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.
Proverbs 3:15-18

In a time where social media and memes make foolish behavior appear acceptable – adorned with hundreds of “likes” and “shares” – I’d much rather be wise.

James reminds us, “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. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:5-8)

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We gain wisdom, by spending time in God’s Word, and surrounding ourselves with other followers of Jesus.  In his book, The Divine Mentor, Wayne Cordeiro reminds us, “The Holy Spirit has been assigned by God to be our Guide who will deposit the very wisdom of God into our lives. With HIM as our Divine Mentor, the wisdom of the ages gradually becomes our own. If we want to be wise, we have to hang around wise men and women.”

By reading our Bible, we begin to discover wisdom beyond ourselves – wisdom that brings life-giving answers to difficult decisions.  Is there a Bible verse that you often go back to as a reminder of God’s promises and faithfulness?  Meditate on that verse today, and praise God for His guidance, wisdom, and love.  Thank Him for inviting you into priceless wisdom, and greater understanding.

“The more you continue to read Scripture, the more you begin to think as He thinks and act as He acts. And that’s how, over time, you gain the wisdom of the ages.”
~ Wayne Cordeiro

Digging Deeper:

Reflect on a time when you sought God’s wisdom to help you make a difficult decision and a time where maybe you did not.  What was the difference in the outcome, or in the process of making that decision?

Use the S.O.A.P. method (see www.discoveronething.com for more information on this journaling technique) to journal on a verse from Proverbs Chapter 2.

 

~Kimi Miller
Associate Pastor, Lifegate Women

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