First off I would like to say a big huge bear-hug-style thank you to those of who have had such encouraging things to say about last week’s worship Wednesday. Sometimes one of the most encouraging things in life is just to know you’re not alone.
What I want to know, in the midst of all the things the Lord has revealed to me lately, is am I wise yet? In Proverbs Solomon said,
Let your heart retain my words;
Keep my commands, and live.
Get wisdom! Get understanding!
Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;
Love her, and she will keep you.
Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding. Proverbs 4:4-7
So I ask myself again, in all that I have learned, have I really gained any wisdom? I’ve learned a lesson or two here and there, I feel the Lord has done much in my life to mold me into the wife/daughter/friend He wants, but am I really wise?
According to dictionary.com wise is having the power of discerning and judging properly as to what is true or right; possessing discernment, judgment, or discretion.
And according to the Bible,
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.
His praise endures forever. Psalm 111:10
So to begin having power of discerning and judging what is true or right (wisdom) we must first fear the Lord. We must have a kind of respect, to approach the Lord with reverence, and a contrite heart. Only then can we really begin to gain wisdom. This is where to start, where to lay the foundations for living a life full of wisdom.
Just to see what would happen, I typed “living wisely” into google. You want to know what I got? I got a book title from amazon, a link to a zen-living website, a daily wise word, and some mumbo-jumbo about money. We have so lost sight of how to live wisely. Being wise to us now means learning from the mistakes of other, having “street cred,” or just simply being old. The Bible makes it very clear, literally spells out for us that these things are not the beginning of wisdom. The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord.
I have no answer to the very question I have posed. I have come up with another question, one that I hope you will ask of yourself. Am I at the beginning of wisdom? Do I fear the Lord? There is no one wise without it.