Wisdom. Something that keeps us safe in every area of our lives. When I think back on my life and wonder where I had lack, the answer that is heads above the rest would have been in the area of wisdom. I’ve heard so many individuals say that if they just knew then, what they know now, things would have been different.
It’s never too late, though, to learn. Most of all, for seeking and gaining more wisdom. So with that thought, I’ve decided to spend some time going through and writing about Proverbs.
1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;
for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,[a]
knowledge and discretion to the young—
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance—
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,
the sayings and riddles of the wise.[b]
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools[c] despise wisdom and instruction.
If we ever needed a wisdom-filled guideline on how to handle ourself on this big blue ball, the book of Proverbs will surely provide that for us. Solomon’s wisdom started with the fact that he asked for wisdom! It was like having a genie’s lamp. He could have asked for anything from the Lord that he wanted, but he asked for wisdom. It was truly the epitome of asking for ‘more wishes’ as one of his wishes. Wisdom brought him understanding. He was able to look at people and the world through the 20/20 glasses of wisdom. He saw what others could not. I have this visual of him not only knowing what to look for, but how to look. He adjusted those glasses in such a way that the situations were in laser focus. So clear and so filled with the exact contrast and color.
The explanation in the scripture above is filled with action words. Solomon was being set up to gain, understand, receive, do, give, listen, add and get. All he had to do was open his mind and his heart to receive it all. Action words don’t just happen without the other person understanding that action is needed to receive them. Solomon had to be open in mind, body and soul. He trusted that the Lord was the ultimate teacher and sat down to be taught. He wanted to discover. He was willing to listen and be silent, so that he could understand.
I’ve spoken to many groups regarding the letters in the word listen. They are the same letters, in the english language, as the word silent. None of the above could even begin until Solomon was silent. I believe that is the first step in receiving and adding to wisdom. We just need to shut up for a bit and let God speak to us.
With a healthy fear of the Lord and a willingness to receive instruction, we are headed on our way to gaining more wisdom. I’m excited to be on this journey with you.
Creatively His, Sue:)
“A fool shows his annoyance at once, but a prudent man overlooks an insult.”
“The lines in our face show the story of our life. More will show up when anger drags you down.” sueism