Stephanie James, Children and Young Families Ministry
I wish I could have hung out with Solomon, the author of Proverbs. Actually I wish my kids could hang out with Solomon. There are days I find myself repeating the same thing over and over, and then having to ask that question, “was that a wise choice?” They had the knowledge. I know they had the knowledge because they heard me say it at least a hundred times; okay, maybe I yelled it a few times.
Knowledge is awesome stuff to have, but being wise, applying what we know, is where Solomon was at and where God wants us.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” (Proverbs 1:7)
I have to admit I have been one of those fools who despised wisdom and discipline. I’m stubborn and l like my own plans. It’s funny how my life as an adult and my kid’s lives run parallel. I say the same thing over and over to impart wisdom into their lives just like God keeps imparting wisdom into my life through reading his word, others speaking into my life, sermons on Sundays, and learning from mistakes. Yet I still want it my way. As verse 7 says, true wisdom comes from fear of the Lord– honoring and respecting Him, having an attitude of awe towards our God and His power, and desiring to obey Him in all parts of our lives.
“Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateways of the city she makes her speech: How long will you simple ones love your simple ways?” (Ch.1:20-22)
God tells me over and over His ways are best. He yells it in the noisy streets or in our noisy, busy lives. He shows us right from wrong and good verses bad. Then we get to choose. I can use it or let it just be something I know not something I live.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Ch. 3:3-6)
How can we use this knowledge and be wise followers of Jesus? Trust. I often go to the fact that He created me, so He must know me and want the best for me, just like I want the best for my children.
I pray each day we can live in awe of Him who created us and trust Him with every moment and every decision. My littles would say, “Now Mommy, that would be a wise choice.”