‘Incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding.’ Proverbs 2:2
On November 30th, 2013, I committed to reading a Proverb every day in 2014 (https://juliegarro.com/2013/11/). I was challenged by a devotional I read. Dr. David Jeremiah discussed a challenge that would change our lives: read one chapter of the book of Proverbs each day for a year.
Dictionary.com defines wisdom as: “the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.” Great, that’s what I wanted. And why not? God offers us wisdom, why not take this gift? It’s been over a year since I began reading the Proverbs in December 2013. What have I learned?
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” Socrates
I’m not wise; in fact, I’m more aware of how foolish I am, and how foolish mankind is in general. Many of the proverbs are common sense; pieces of wisdom God and my parents tried to bestow on me while I was young. As I read, I remembered times I have been foolish, and down-right disobedient, and made foolish mistakes. As a result of reading the proverbs, I boldly asked God for more wisdom, direction, and guidance. These were not prayers for just a little bit of wisdom, these prayers were prayed in expectation of gaining more (godly) wisdom, wisdom that would change my life.
“Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 (HCSB)
Now that my challenge is complete, I intend to keep reading. After all, wisdom is a gift, and don’t we all love gifts?
Blessings on your day.
Excellent article on Wisdom: http://www.intouch.org/Content/50431/LP130728.pdf
Devotional: Sanctuary, Finding Moments of Refuge in the Presence of God, by Dr. David Jeremiah, Published by Thomas Nelson, Nashville Tennessee (October 9th Entry)
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