These are not words that inhabit our vernacular very much anymore, just like sin. The term sin is just too condemning, so instead we say we’ve made a mistake.
Why is that?
Is it because such terms make us uncomfortable with the fact that there are black and white truths in the Bible that just can’t be ignored?
Have we become so comfortable in our “Fifty Shades of Gray” world that when we use terms like wisdom or sin we are afraid that the black or whiteness of them might make us stand out?
In reading Proverbs 3 the other day, I was struck by context that some familiar verses were placed in.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
I don’t know about you, but I have clung to these verses in some of the most desperate moments of my life. They seem to be the place a lot of us go when we don’t understand what God is up to or why, and our circumstances are more than uncomfortable.
But when the entire Proverb is read in one sitting, it is striking to me that these verses are not in a passage on strife and difficult circumstances, rather they are in a passage on wisdom.
What God left me with was this: If we are walking in wisdom, daily trusting in his steps, honoring him with our choices, bringing him our first fruits, learning from His discipline, and continually searching for truth and living it out, then, and only then, will we no longer come to Him with this verse drenched in the tears of our misery, clinging to the hope that by claiming this verse now, he will fix the problem we got ourselves into by not claiming it and living each day in the first place.
So where do we find wisdom?
Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
And where do we find the words from his mouth?
In the pages of the Bible. This means we must read it, and not just read it, but study it. And, when we’ve studied it in a manner that the Holy Spirit has brought understanding, we apply it.
When we “do not let wisdom and understanding out of our sight, and we preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for us, an ornament to grace our necks. Then we will go on our way in safety, and our feet will not stumble.”
Lord, help me to trust you with every ounce of who I am every day to reveal each step I should take instead of crying out in the darkness, hoping you will guide my path because I’ve gotten myself lost. Help me to crave the truth of your words above all else. And, help me to teach my girls the value of wisdom that they too may live in its light.