I’m tired of being a fool. Being Satan’s patsy or a victim of my old nature is a fool’s game. I started to feel an intensity about this in 2020 but there were watershed moments long before, when God tried to get my attention about wisdom.
In my freshman year of college when I was haphazard about selecting new friends and wound up in places, I didn’t belong doing things I shouldn’t.
In my first year of teaching when I had lots of educations and skills but little understanding of classroom management for high schoolers. Wild times.
During my early years of marriage when it got hard, and I tried to exit. My parents stopped me by letting me know I couldn’t live with them.
During my early years of ministry when church members severely criticized my husband and I and we both thought that meant we were failures at the ministry business.
As a young mother who had her first and only child later in life and categorized normal parenting challenges as parenting fails.
These are just a few of the moments when I think God was saying, “You know, if you’d just study Proverbs and understand the principles and ways of wisdom, you wouldn’t be so flustered and overwhelmed by your life. He was right then and now.
I don’t think God’s A plan for us is the School of Hard Knocks. That’s what he allows when we don’t choose the paths of godly wisdom. I’m ready to inhabit the world that Proverbs 3:13-17 describes:
“Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, 14 for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. 15 She is more precious than jewels, and 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 ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.”
Proverbs are not promises but they are principles that are predictors. Solomon says that those who prioritize wisdom lead happy lives. How have I missed that simple truth before? The years I wasted, treating wisdom like costume jewelry, a great accessory when you need to make a decision. God, through Solomon, describes wisdom as a precious jewel, incomparable to anything else that’s important to me. Wow. I don’t know about you, but that’s not how I’ve treated wisdom. This year that changes.
I’m challenging you to study Proverbs with me for a year, incorporating what we learn into the way we think, speak and act. There’s a reason God devoted an entire book to wisdom, it’s a jewel with many facets. I believe there is incredible potential to radically change our lives in dramatic ways. I’m excited.
We are watching massive shifts in our American culture right now on every front. Foolish folk will not be able to process, understand and live successfully with all the paradigm shifts that are happening. I’ve missed a lot of heavenly memos in the past. I’ve listened to the wrong voices. I’ve invested time in worthless, foolish things, that I thought had value. I’m tired of it, how about you?
The last five months of 2020, I sorted Proverbs into categories that leaped out at me. Nothing definitive, just ideas that seemed obvious. Each month we will excavate God’s ideas about one, possibly two of those categories. The jewels of knowledge, insight and understanding smashed into that book are timeless, once you take the time to read and internalize them.
Making this fun and interesting is my part of the deal. I’m trusting God for good story examples, other helps, and guidance on which categories are most important to him for 2021. Your part of the deal is reading the posts each week and following up with some verse memorization.
I’m fairly certain that a lot of shenanigans and trouble can be avoided when we internalize God’s wisdom principles. We will see the world and people differently. We will respond, not react. We will be able to apply Scripture truths to daily challenges. I honestly think that getting serious about seeking wisdom and applying it will change our lives in ways we can’t imagine.
For this week, let’s start by memorizing some foundational verses listed above, Proverbs 3:13-15. Pick your favorite translation and go! If we convince our inner man that wisdom is the precious jewel God says it is, we will develop a hunger for searching for it. If someone told you that a million dollars’ worth of diamonds was buried in your backyard, how much time would you spend digging? God says his wisdom is worth more than jewels. Isn’t it worth your time to dig it out?