Better Than Rubies

I'm doing this Bible study with my mom and sisters. We're going through a Proverbs study book, and it's really good so far. It's reminded me of the importance of wisdom and discernment.

When I was younger one of the qualities that I really desired for myself was wisdom. To be a wise woman was one of my goals in life. Wisdom is one of those virtues that helps you with every other virtue, and if you have wisdom difficult situations won't be so difficult. Difficult situations may not even arise in the first place, because if you show wisdom in different situations it's a good way to avoid complications.

Wisdom makes all the difference in knowing when to speak and when to be silent. When to share a concern and when to overlook an offense. What to say and what not to say. With wisdom life and godliness is just easier.

It's emphasized throughout Scripture that wisdom is better than any material possession. When God gave Solomon an opportunity to ask for anything he wanted, Solomon chose wisdom over riches or power or long life, and it pleased God (1 Kings 3:5-14).

Would I have chosen wisdom over anything else I could ask for? On some days I just don't know - but I would hope so. The amazing thing is that when Solomon asked for wisdom over riches or honor, God gave him what he asked for; but He also gave him what he didn't ask for (1 Kings 3:13). The Lord blessed Solomon for seeking wisdom; and I think He will bless any of His children who sincerely desire to please Him through wise actions and words.

Somehow I've lost that desire for wisdom in recent years. I think it's just because things have gotten so crazy and busy for the last, oh, three years, and somehow I just forgot about the importance of seeking wisdom.

That's shameful isn't it? How can one forget to pursue something that's so important - something that has been so important in the past? I don't know, but through this Bible study with my mom (who is a very wise woman) I've remembered that long forgotten desire of my heart: to grow to be a wiser woman.

Anyway, Proverbs says that those who seek wisdom diligently will find it (Proverbs 8:17). What a wonderful promise.

I think think the Bible study we're doing on Proverbs, reading Proverbs daily, and praying for wisdom are a good start, so that's what I plan to do.

You'll probably be reading alot of posts inspired by Proverbs in the near future!


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Anne @ Sincerely, Britches said...

Perfect timing for this post! I have been pondering wisdom a lot lately as I read through Proverbs. The first several verses of Proverbs 2, which I read yesterday, certainly had a lot of "meat" for me to think about. Definitely something I want to start praying more about and seeking God for on a more regular basis.

LeAnna said...

I have to agree, wisdom and discernment rank right up there as THE most desired spiritual gifts. I praise God he makes them available to us, too!

Mrs. Lukie said...

This sounds like a lovely study!! And like you, I have somehow 'forgotten' to ask for wisdom from God over the past few years. And as I was blindsided today by a huge set back, I felt God remind me that I need to seek wisdom from Him, should I wish to continue moving forward.

I'll be praying for you, Chloe :)

Jenene said...

Art and I listened to Mark Driscoll's series on Proverbs (for free, online). I really enjoyed it, and think of it often. Walking in wisdom seems to be a theme in my life lately. It is frequently on my mind.

Unknown said...

i agree and when i am getting caught up in myself and just really busy i forget how important wisdom is. Oh and i really like your new look :)

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