If anyone were to ask us, I suppose most of us would say that we’d like to be a little wiser. After all, we’re pretty well versed on what foolishness looks like. We found our way there all on our own. Wisdom though, needs an invitation. Wisdom wants to be consulted. It doesn’t drive through the china shop with a bulldozer and wonder why the glass is breaking everywhere. It doesn’t assume it knows everything before it has all the necessary information to make a sound decision. No, wisdom is not an impulse actor. So, what do we do then to get a little more of this precious nugget called wisdom? How do we invite it to be more active in our lives when we’ve gotten content to lean on our own understanding? It’s a bit of a sticky wicket for sure.
Some bits of wisdom, that we call proverbs, were written a long time ago. They come from the Bible and so whatever your take is on reading the Word, these words still have power in them when it comes to helping us act in ways that are wise. Here are a few shining nuggets for you.
“Learn to be wise, and develop good judgment. … Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you. Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And whatever else you do, get good judgment!” Proverbs 4: 5-7 NLT
” A wise woman builds her house; a foolish woman tears hers down with her own hands.” Proverbs 14:1 NLT
“The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with great confidence.” Proverbs 14:16 NLT
“Discretion is a life-giving fountain to those who possess it, but discipline is wasted on fools.” Proverbs 16:22 NLT
As we walk through all the tasks we have today, I wonder if it would make any difference for us to seek wisdom, to intentionally invite truth and understanding into each action, each thought, each thing we attempt to do in our work or at play. No matter how much we believe in our own truth, there is in fact truth that only wisdom can help us see. For those who struggle with decisions or those willing to look at foolish moments when they acted like bulldozers, may wisdom seek your face. May wisdom help you seek first to understand before being understood and offer you the peace of God. Embrace wisdom boldly and without fear and it will guide you through all things.
Wisdom brings harmony and peace to the soul and joy to the heart. As it says in Psalm 133:1, “How wonderful it is, how pleasant, when brothers live together in harmony!”
May wisdom and harmony prevail in each of our lives today. Amen! Amen!