One Year Wisdom Challenge

Wisdom- Letting Go of Worldly Rhinestones for Heaven’s Gems

One Year Wisdom Challenge # 2

I’m wondering if the reason many of us God-followers lack wisdom is because we’ve bedazzled our hearts and minds with rhinestones of worldly ideas? God’s jewels are in there too, but we struggle to access them amidst all the clutter.

After my mother transitioned to her heavenly home, my daughter, sisters-in-love, and I, laughed our way through the process of sorting her jewelry. Good tonic for sad hearts. We discovered mom saved ALL her jewelry, starting around the 1950’s. Costume and fine jewelry were all stored in little boxes and mixed together. We needed to go through every box and piece.

We giggled our way through decades of style. Large broaches circa 1950’s. The daisy earrings and matching necklace from the late sixties. The giant button earrings from the seventies and boxes of rhinestone jewelry from the eighties. We recognized cubic zirconium pieces we gave her during the nineties.

This is the memory God showed me as I prayed over this week’s post. He also gave me a short vision about wisdom, with my soul as a room. Every surface was covered with jewels. It was beautiful when I first walked in but then, I bumped into a wall. Many of the “jewels” fell off. I realized that most of the room was filled with stick on jewels from a Bedazzle tool. Fake.

Here and there, embedded in the walls, were several precious gems that appeared valuable. Diamonds, rubies, emeralds. They were cemented into the wall.  Solid, unmovable.

It’s not rocket surgery to interpret that vision, right?  God has been speaking to my heart for months about scraping the world’s bedazzled ideas off my brain walls to make room for his wisdom jewels. Right now, they can be hard to access amidst the clutter of heart and mind.

The topics of hoarding and de-cluttering are hot buttons currently. Our homes are becoming more peaceful. We can find our stuff better. I’d like to apply some of those principles to our hearts and minds. I need to continue to take a hard look at what occupies my thoughts, energies, and emotions.

First, let’s look again at how God prioritizes wisdom. A whole book devoted to the topic. Then, look at all the times he compares wisdom to treasure or precious stones in the book of Proverbs.

Proverbs 2:3b “…if you seek it like silver and search for it as hidden treasures.”

3:14-15 “…for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold.  She is more precious than jewels…”

8:10-11 “Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels…”

8:19 “My fruit is better than gold, even fine gold, and my yield than choice silver.”

16:16 “How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.”

20:5b “There is gold and abundance of costly stones, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.”

God wants us to seek his wisdom with the same passion we’d hunt for a gold bar.

Do you need to declutter your soul to make room for heavenly knowledge and insight as I do? Here’s some ideas that may help us which I’ve culled from various home de-cluttering gurus.

  • Acknowledge the problem of clutter.

This world wants to control our mind will and emotions. It assaults us multi-directionally every day trying to manipulate what we think, feel, and speak. The worlds values and methods often do not align with Heaven’s. Any place where we’ve latched onto ideas and beliefs contrary to God’s Word or character, that’s soul clutter. For example, people say, “God helps those who help themselves.” That’s worldly advice, not Heaven’s counsel. God does not bless slothfulness, but he is not an aloof God waiting to see how hard we are working before he helps us. Soul clutter.

  • Determine that your mind and heart will give the best of space to the things you love the most, God, his Word, and his people.

Okay, so true confessions here. As an introvert, I get passing grades with the first two of these. The last one, not so much. As an introvert, too often I choose characters in books, or social media over people in real time.

First, I want better than passing grades with my knowledge of God’s Word. We are entering a new era where wisdom’s value is going up daily.

Second, the only thing we take with us to heaven is people. What we invest in sharing the gospel and discipling others is all that will last for eternity. Consider how common, worldly advice, like the following, can squash your desire to be a light in your world.

“You have to go along to get along.”

“Don’t buck the status quo.”

“Just listen to your feelings.”

There’s some bad advice right there, that will keep you from sharing your faith. Jesus left a wake of upset people behind him and challenged the status quo every day. If he’d listened to his feelings about the torture of the cross, he wouldn’t have done it.

  • Do the work of decluttering.

What does this look like for a soul?  Here’s a few ideas.

  1. If you watch TV or spend a lot of time on social media, do all of that less.
  2. Be extremely cautious as to which spiritual leaders you follow. You will think and behave like the people you value and follow. Right now, God is doing a work of exposing spiritual “leaders,” who are false. They have been bedazzling the hearts and minds of God’s people. Sadly, they are trapped in a religious system that has enslaved them to the world. God wants to give you wisdom to discern who is who right now and going forward. Having a large platform or ministry does not make you godly. Or wise.
  3. Schedule time to be still before God every day. Read his Word then listen. Write down what you hear. Ponder it. Understand that he not only speaks through his Word but also through dreams and visions. Cluttered souls don’t have room for such things.
  4. Let go of wisdom that you may have lived by previously, that you now recognize is not good. God will reveal more to you as you listen to him. It’s not that hard, upon close inspection, to separate the common from the precious. Some ideas may have been handed down from your family. Bad advice can be a fun family story, but it shouldn’t steer your life.

I challenge you to start de-cluttering your soul in the days to come. Make room for God’s presence and his Word more than you ever have before. There’s no point in studying wisdom if there’s little room to store it.

This week’s memory verse is Proverbs 8:10-11.

 “Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is better than jewels…”

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