How often have we repeated the same mistake , wondering if we would ever get it right?
Several years ago, “Groundhog Day,” starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, was released. The movie become a classic. We see our star caught in a time loop and reliving the same day over and over again. Eventually, he re-examines his life, makes changes and finally gets it “right.” The movie parallels personal growth and correct behavior in a most humorous way.
When we find ourselves making the same error, it’s not funny; often it’s tragic. Is there a way to “get it right the first time?” If we heed the advice offered in the Proverbs, we may avoid, or shorten, the “time loop” of errors we catch ourselves in.
Scripture has a lot to say about wisdom, so I started an in-depth study of the Proverbs this year. I want godly wisdom to be my guide. I don’t want to make mistakes. So here are a few verses I’ve pondered. I would love to know what Scripture references come to your mind.
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it be given will to you.
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.
13 Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
I’m blessed to have the counsel of my Lord and Savior, through His Word and prayer. But He also speaks to me through the godly relationships I have cultivated throughout the years. Our friends are more than someone to have a good time with. God often speaks to me through them. Thank the Lord for your friends, and nurture those relationships. They are a lifeline.
May we all walk wisely.
(Reblogged and adapted from February 2, 2013).
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