I've had a love hate relationship with reading the Bible for so many years. Honestly I think it can get kind of boring**. (GASP) I know thats not the church answer, sorry. But really.... you've probably thought it too. Especially when you are reading names and cities that you can't even say correctly and you just feel like they are letters strung together. Am I right? (virtual air five) So learning how to really get into reading Scripture has been a struggle for me. But recently I have just been desperate for inspiration and guidance, and it occurred to me that I have been denying my biggest source of those things. So I decided to just get started and dig in and what better book than Proverbs.
As I started reading Proverbs, The words started to jump out at me and grab my attention. I started to feel like "Why I haven't I've been reading this before?!". So, I want to share with you a passage that really stood out to me this week about wisdom.
You see, we all struggle with making wise decisions. Some people are naturally more profound thinkers than others, but we all face situations where we have no idea where to turn. For me, especially in this season of life, I need guidance and direction from the Lord. But sometimes it can be frustrating waiting on a sign or something to verify if I need to say yes or no, or which direction to take. And then I end up getting frazzled because I'm so overwhelmed by the big-bad-demond of pressure to give an answer or to respond. You too? Glad I'm not alone!
But then I found Proverbs 4:5-12, and it made my heart feel something deep and profoud that gave me peace and confidence for action and patience.
Get wisdom; get insight;
do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;
love her, and she will guard you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
and whatever you get, get insight.
Prize her highly, and she will exalt you;
she will honor you if you embrace her.
She will place on your head a graceful garland;
she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.”
Hear, my son, and accept my words,
that the years of your life may be many.
I have taught you the way of wisdom;
I have led you in the paths of uprightness.
When you walk, your step will not be hampered,
and if you run, you will not stumble.
Proverbs 4:5-12 (Read the rest of Proverbs 4 here.)
What I gain from this scripture is this:
- Don't just seek wisdom, but seek insight. I think we all associate wisdom with answers and clarity on if we did the right thing or not, and I just don't know if thats the best way to approach it. Praying for God to bestow wisdom on you is good... do more of that! But I believe insight is the key to making a wise decision. Because spiritual insight is what is going to give you the perspective on whether or not this is something you should be pursuing. It going to build a foundation of WHY you are saying yes to something. So who is a person who can offer you spiritual insight? Take them to coffee and discuss whats on your heart.
- There are days that I am in a hurry and running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Bull in a china shop, this girl right here. (Lord, bless this hot mess!) So anytime I see the word graceful, I immediately want to just reach out and grab it. Here it is saying that through wisdom and insight, we gain a sense of gracefulness that allows us to sink into and be covered in peace. We can gracefully move forward is we have Lady Wisdom on our side and insight.
- When we ask God for wisdom and seek spiritual insight, we are accepting a gift. A gift that keeps our steps steady. A gift that will not let us fall. When we move forward with wisdom from God we are unstoppable.
Crazy beautiful right?
Is there a decision or direction that has got your stumped? I know I can't be the only one. Let God save you from being stuck. Let him deliver you to your promise land through choices and actions that display a spiritual wisdom and TRUST in the Lord. He will make all our paths straight.
Email me (by clicking the button below) and tell me what you are stuck on right now. Tell me about what you are needing wisdom to move forward with. If I can offer any insight, I most certainly will. And you better believe that I will be praying for you, sister.
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** I started reading the voice bible and really like how it tells the bible in more of a story format with explanations on whats happening (aka - a lot less boring!). Oh and it has more modern talk so you can relate. But, FYI, I pulled the scripture that I shared with you, from ESV of the bible.**