Searching for Wisdom…


Get wisdom; develop good judgment…
Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you.
Love her, and she will guard you. Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do!             Proverbs 4:5-7a NLT

     I enjoy reading signs. Not those glitzy LED signs along the freeway with messages programmed on some unseen computer. I like signs with removable letters you see on small-town businesses or country churches, the kind where the contraction for you are is always misspelled y-o-u-r.

     Some favorite signs have been on Davis Donuts, a local Coeur d’Alene business. My all-time favorite read:

Knowledge is knowing tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom is knowing you don’t put tomato in a fruit salad.

     The first time I recall asking God specifically for wisdom, I was 27 years old.

     “God, I am SO scared! I don’t know what to do! Please, PLEASE help me!!” The prayer I prayed that evening was desperate.

     My Bible lay open on my lap. When I looked down at the book, my eyes landed on these words,

If anyone lacks wisdom, let him [or her] ask of God who grants to all liberally without finding fault. (James 1:5)

     Wisdom is what I need, God. I need wisdom!

     That night I began to search for wisdom—something I previously thought only ‘old’ people did. I realized I desperately needed it, but since I really didn’t know what wisdom was, I could only hope God might give it to me.

     Since that long-ago night, when I don’t know what to do, I pray for wisdom. Sometimes, when my situation seems especially desperate, I feel the need to add, “Remember! You promised, God!”

     I’ve discovered a couple things about wisdom. First, when my motives are pure and sincere, God grants my request for wisdom, and I’ll never regret the outcome. Secondly, often I won’t know I acted wisely until I’m able to see an event through life’s rear-view mirror. It’s from the perspective of looking back we’re often able to realize good decisions we made or blunders we managed to avoid.

     Searching for wisdom is worthwhile. The search can begin simply by asking an all-wise, all-knowing God for a smidge of Divine understanding, aka WISDOM.

     If you’re in one of those places where you’re scared or simply don’t have the answer you need, I urge you to ask God who knows you need wisdom and who promises to “grant liberally without finding fault.”

Blessings on your search for wisdom…

Sue Reeve

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