If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure your faith is in God alone.

James 1:5-6

I am so thrilled with wisdom. You know, it’s been one of those moments when you knew something, but then you really KNOW something.

Yesterday I wrote that wisdom is not just knowing something, but the ability to make a just judgment regarding action to take. So it is knowing what to do with what you know. That is mind blowing for me!

Reading: Proverbs 1:28-33

Beginning at the beginning of the book of Proverbs, the purpose of the proverbs is clearly stated. It is “to teach people wisdom and discipline…to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives.” Proverbs 1:2-3

It only makes sense to me, then, to read them. King Solomon presented Wisdom as a fine woman who calls to us, inviting us to learn what she has to teach. (The Greek word translated wisdom is a feminine noun, thus the use of feminine pronouns. In no way does this suggest that men are not wise.)

Wisdom invites us to come and learn, so we might live a successful life. What happens when we don’t respond? That is the essence of the reading selection for today.

If we reject wisdom, we will eat the bitter fruit of going our own way. As much as I wish it wasn’t true, that is what will happen. And then we cry in desperation, blaming God for leaving us in our time of need. Hmmmm….if we reject the provision God has made for our peace and joy, what else is there?

Are you willing to say “yes” to the call of Wisdom? Are you ready to turn away from your own ideas, your own plans and let God guide you? He will give wisdom to all who ask without any judgment.

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