By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds drop the dew. Proverbs 3:19-20
A heap of laundry a waits in the mudroom, along with the unmade beds and piles of paperwork that need my attention. There are toys spread all over the floors, along with school work that has gone unchecked.
And here I sit desperately in need of wisdom and understanding from the Father.
He laid the very foundation of the earth with wisdom and yet we seem to use wisdom sparingly. Following wisdom is looked upon as being weak and unspiritual. Women immersed in Christ are some of the wisest women I know. I glean from their knowledge.
I sat reflecting on one of the wisest women I know. She never won any rewards. Stood on any platforms. She certainly never held a microphone or led a company of people. I never heard her speak bad of anyone else or manipulate people or situations to get her own way. She leads with a quiet and meek spirit, always putting others above herself. Relationships have always been her main priority and she is reaping the benefits of her investments now in the richness of her friendship with my sister and I. This woman, I am proud to say, is my mother.
With tears in my eyes, I replay all the moments she lacked in order for our family to gain. I observed her creating a home and cultivating a marriage, and I am in awe at the wisdom she has been endowed with. She lives a simple life that can be gleaned from. I take delight in drawing from this well of wisdom.
As I sit calling out to the Father for wisdom I am reminded of one simple truth she passed onto me, “Wisdom will always go hand in hand with love and honor of others.” She never spoke this but she lived it and still does. She will always be the first to see the diamond in someone else; to tend to gravitate toward the impurities.
As I navigate through uncharted waters, I keep this nugget of truth at the forefront. True Biblical wisdom will never trump loving and honoring others. If what you are doing is causing harm to the people around you, you may need to rethink your decisions.
Wisdom will always lead you to loving God and others.
Yes, I know not everyone will agree with your decisions and they may not honor you in them either, but you need to do everything in your power not to cause offense to rise up in your sister in Christ.
Let us ponder these questions together. Are our actions offensive to others? Are we causing others to stumble because our lack of self-control and ignorance? Are we living such a hurried, high-paced life that we are missing the very people in front of us? Are we so focused on our own dreams and aspirations that we are hurting the people God has put in our path? Are we taking the time to cultivate a loving relationship with the people around us?
Jesus in Luke 17 verses 1 through 4 warn us of this, “It is impossible that no offense should come, but woe to him through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if repents forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven time in a day returns to you, saying, “I repent, you shall forgive him.”
Father God, I choose to accept your words and to walk in your ways. I will turn my ear toward wisdom and my heart toward understanding. I will choose to be more aware of my actions and how they are affecting others. I want to listen to the still small voice of the Spirit beckoning me, whether in big decision or in the minute everyday decisions. Let Your love ever before me. I know you hold victory for the upright. Thank you that you are the one that leads me and guides me. I choose to rest in You today, knowing You go before me.
Study Proverbs 2 and 3 to gain knowledge on all the benefits of wisdom.
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