I’ve been thinking lately about wisdom. And how I want more of it.
More than the latest white jeans or white iPhone or white chocolate, I want to have a heart and life that are wise. I want to make wise decisions about my job; saving money; parenting our children; choosing friends; even planning our next vacation.
You see, for too many years, it seemed like I pinged here and there, grasping at things I thought would please me. I grabbed at this; I grabbed at that. And I focused mightily on the things that I thought would bring me happiness: money; a house just so; status in some shiny object or another.
There’s nothing wrong with shiny things. Unless they possess you. Unless they tell you they matter more than anything. Then you have a problem. And I did.
Happily for me—and for anyone else who is looking for the world to tell them what’s wise, what’s important—the Word shows us 1. how to get wisdom and 2. what it will do for us when we have it. It’s literally a 2-for-1 sale. And you’re holding the coupon.
James 1:5 says if you lack wisdom (hands raised?) then you just have to (drumroll)…ask for it. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
Note that the verse doesn’t say that because you are smart and capable and you have it all together that you will be wise. Nor does it mention advanced degrees or the cleanliness of your house. Nope, it says if you don’t have it, then just ask God who loves to give his children blessings. And wisdom is a whopping blessing.
The Word lets us in on a poorly-kept secret: once you have this wisdom, “Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.
For wisdom will enter your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you” (Proverbs 2:9-11).
This is a boatload of good stuff, ladies! Pleasant knowledge; discretion; understanding. Who doesn’t need more of that? Scripture promises that once you start praying for wisdom, you will get it. And when you have it, you will start to flex your discretion muscles. Gossip becomes less becoming. Situations unroll and you understand multiple angles—and not just your own point of view. The knowledge that you have prayed over an event becomes an intimate time between you and God—a pleasant and soul-fulfilling experience.
Today, take time to pray for wisdom. If you desire, you can pray for a specific season or event. Step back and watch God fill your very heart and soul with wisdom. You can then walk lightly to that good path for you know it has been paved by the loving hands of a Savior who wraps you in understanding.