Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed. Proverbs 3:13-18 (NIV)
Where does wisdom come from? How do you know what is truly wise and what is ultimately foolish? How do you judge the quality of what you hear and see in the world? What priority do you place on seeking and grabbing a hold of wisdom? Who is the final arbiter of what is truly wise or ultimately foolish? I don’t want to live a foolish life, that is for sure. I don’t want to look back over a life filled with regrets over foolish mistakes that I have made. That has me worried, I can tell you that. Why is that? I have made a lot of foolish mistakes over the course of my life. I have wasted a lot of time and energy going where I should not have gone to do what I should not have done. I don’t want to live a foolish and wasted life. I can see that.
I have come to some conclusions about wisdom. What conclusions have you come to about wisdom? I am unwise. Wisdom does not naturally come from me. I am not a primary source of wisdom. Left on my own, I will continue to make dumb decisions and foolish mistakes. I am also not a good judge of what is truly wise and ultimately foolish. Why is that? I don’t have a long-range perspective. I can’t see the future. No, you cannot. With my short-term perspective and limited understanding, something might seem wise to me, but will ultimately be foolish in the long run. That’s true. So, my final conclusion about wisdom is that I desperately need help. That’s a very good starting point.
Will you ask me for wisdom? Will you seek wisdom as if it were more valuable than silver or gold, which by the way, it is? Have you come to the belief that nothing like silver or gold or rubies or treasures compare with wisdom? Do you know that living a life filled with wisdom will lead you in pleasant ways and on peaceful paths? Do you believe that if you take a hold of my wisdom your life will be blessed? Do you know that long life and riches and honor are reserved for the truly wise? I have no doubt about the value of wisdom. I have no hesitancy in crying out to you for wisdom. I have no reluctance in taking a hold of all the wisdom that you will give to me. I will seek you and all the wisdom you will give to me. That will be very good.
Lord, once I thought I knew it all. I was wise in my own eyes. I was a fool. Now, I know wisdom comes from you. I will seek your wisdom. I will rely on your wisdom. Use your word to teach me to live a life filled with blessings that come from your wisdom. Amen
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