We all thought of the candy.
That’s okay. I’m sure I could make a craft with those, including a Bible verse about seeking wisdom, which is exactly what I want.
Sure, I want to be thinner, beautiful, wealthy, have smaller pores, have a beach house, be able to help anyone I wanted, be tan (seriously), new clothes, get my nails done every week, and spend just one whole day at a spa.
I’d like to go to Israel, the Pacific Northwest and NYC at Christmastime. I’d love to drive the East coast in the fall and watch the leaves change.
But if I had one wish…just one…it would be for wisdom.
I have finally learned there is a difference between being smart and being wise.
1 Kings 3:9-13
I desperately want to know what God wants me to do, how to pray for and counsel my children, my husband, my friends and my co-workers with Godly wisdom.
The funny thing is, it’s already there for the taking.
We have all heard that prayer isn’t like a vending machine, with God handing out whatever we request at the press of a button.
If I ask for it, do I automatically get it that day? Or, does it come through daily meetings with the Lord, in prayer and in His Word?
In my cycles of quiet time, attending church services and hearing the Word preached, attending Bible study classes and being surrounded by other encouraging believers…I can assuredly tell you it takes effort on our part.
Sometimes, it is immediate in your prayer time. Other times, it only came after prayer and fasting. Then, I’ve waited months or even years for the answer I needed. It’s not that God didn’t know what to tell me, but that I had to hear it at the right time.
The wisdom is there, like silver and gold to be mined and found, a precious treasure.
My son, if you will receive my words
And treasure my commandments within you,
Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
Incline your heart to understanding;
For if you cry for discernment,
Lift your voice for understanding;
If you seek her as silver
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Then you will discern the fear of the Lord
And discover the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
Guarding the paths of justice,
And He preserves the way of His godly ones.
Then you will discern righteousness and justice
And equity and every good course.
For wisdom will enter your heart
And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
Discretion will guard you,
Understanding will watch over you,
To deliver you from the way of evil,
From the man who speaks perverse things;
From those who leave the paths of uprightness
To walk in the ways of darkness;
Wow. That’s a powerful passage.
Discernment. Wisdom. Knowledge. Protection. Preserves. Guards. Discover.
We can have all of this through wisdom.
“For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.”
That sounds like peace in the midst of any storm. It sounds like a warm blanket on a cold day, or a hug that is strong and brings tears to your eyes.
But, it is so much better.
I guess the question is, to me and to you, do we want to go after it?
It’s not always going to be a cutesy instagram photo. It’s not an app that flashes encouragement every morning.
That’s just one verse, and normally the most popular ones, or something that makes you feel good.
What about the passages that convict? Deepen our knowledge of our own worth, and what is actually important on this blue and green planet?
What’s the context of the verse?
To whom was it written?
What came before and after it?
Who was the author? And, how is God using it to teach you in the current situation you face?
Friends, it’s better than a book of lottery numbers. It’s better than the sports memorabilia book Marty McFly wanted to bring back to the future. It crushes any horoscope, psychic, or false religion feel-goodism that flowers your day with how special you are.
Yes, you’re special. You are a masterpiece. But, our righteousness is also like filthy rags. We were born into a sinful world and must gain and accept the wisdom God offered to be made holy before Him. You cannot accomplish it on your own.
Do you want it? I think most of us do. It’s a lofty goal we fall in love with and then get distracted by the world and our selfishness.
I don’t mean it like we become better than others. We don’t walk around holier-than-thou.
Just the opposite. We drink in the living water and immediately want to go tell others to have a drink as well.
Water like you’ve never tasted. It’s so life-changing that you want everyone you know to experience the same wisdom of grace, love, and eternity.
You have time. I have time. If you really want it. Finding this treasure requires putting God ahead of any other idol in your life that knocks Him from first place.
I pray we stop flopping around on the beach, like a fish gasping for air, when you just need to step into the water.
Copyright © 2018 Keysha Thomaston.