Wisdom. I just love that word. It sounds so mature and old fashioned, yet something we all need more of right?! No matter how old we are? This is one thing that I pray for constantly…. Often times it’s when I’m shopping and need some serious wisdom and discernment before that credit card is swiped and it’s too late, but more so it’s when I need some major direction when I’m about to fly off the handle if God doesn’t get a hold of me! 😉 Oh the joys of raising teenagers! Besides those silly moments at the mall or seeking the right things to say to my children with out breaking their spirits down, I need wisdom ALL of the time. God knows we all do and that’s why He chose Solomon to write the book (at least most of it) of Proverbs. It’s one of my favorites. I don’t necessarily always enjoy it, but I can tell you I always get something out of it. By the way, Solomon didn’t have it all together either. He was a righteous man of God, he was blessed beyond comprehension (literally the inside of his house was practically made of pure gold! Exaggerating a bit but you get the point), and he was filled to brim with God’s wisdom… but in the end, even he lost to his fleshly (not sure if that’s really a word) desires and sacrificed to idols (he chose material things, women and false idols over God). The fact is, even with Gods wisdom and His Word, we are all subject to sin. We are all given the opportunity to make choices and they won’t always be good ones or be in our best interest, much less in the best interest of God, but we have been given the tools to help us fight temptation and the book of Proverbs is one of them.
There are so many wonderful scriptures in the book of Proverbs, here are some of my faves:
- 8:11- ‘For wisdom is better than jewels; And all desirable things cannot compare with her’ I love how Solomon compares wisdom to jewels and riches, no matter how much we have or don’t have, nothing can be more valuable than wisdom.
- 9:10- ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding’ I feel like sometimes many people take the fear of God out of context. We are to fear the Lord in a respectful fatherly, loving, and healthy way.
- 14:1- ‘The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands’ Boy isn’t this the truth? I can set and change the tone of our entire household based on my mood alone, much less my actions. As women, we have important jobs to be role models for our children; to be the women we want our daughters to grow up and aspire to be, and the women we want our sons to someday marry. Let’s be honest, I have work to do in this department!
- 16:24- ‘Pleasant words are a honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones’ BE NICE! A kind word can change someones day and even someones life! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard stories of an acquaintance, friend, family member or stranger saying one kind word to someone and it changing their life, forever. Whether it filled them with confidence they’ve never experienced, or it kept them from hurting themselves (seriously!), being kind even changes our hearts and helps us experience the feeling of giving love which I believe is more powerful sometimes than receiving it. Other good ones for this are Proverbs 19:22 and 31:26
- 17:5- ‘He who mocks the poor taunts his Maker; He who rejoices at calamity will not go unpunished’ I have such a soft spot for “poor” people, it breaks my heart to think of people going with out food, shelter, a connection with God, or most important, feeling loved.
- 29:11- ‘A fool always loses his temper, But a wise man holds it back’ I pray for discernment with this, especially when I have had all I can handle and my head is about to explode. Unfortunately for me my mouth usually explodes first. 🙁 God help me!
- 29:23- ‘A mans pride will bring him low, But a humble spirit will obtain honor’ I think we all, by nature, have some pride. Whether it’s pride in something we do well, pride in our children, our home, our careers, or whatever it may be, we all have some of it. But I think when our pride get’s in front of humbleness and we can’t admit being wrong, apologize, show grace and love etc, that’s when we can have trouble. Being humble is NOT a weakness, it’s a strength and is honored by God.
There are so many passages that I love in Proverbs and there’s also a lot that’s repeated. Repetition is great for helping me to remember what I, often times, so quickly forget. I hope you get a minute to study God’s word today and I hope to hear what Proverbs means to you!