Have you ever gone through a time in your life when it seemed like nothing was going right? Or had a big decision to make and you obsessed over which option was the best because you weren’t really sure which was best? Maybe you have looked at the path your children are on and wondered if you should be doing something different in the way you’re raising them?
We all have things that cause us to wonder if we’re really on the right path or not. Sometimes when we pray about these issues it seems God is silent, that no answers are coming from above.
What must it have been like to be Solomon, the wisest man on earth? He knew the best way to solve any problem, and this abundant wisdom was a gift from God. It’s interesting then, to see in Proverbs 1, that wisdom is calling out to all of us, it’s not hiding in a corner or being kept away from us to punish us or teach us a lesson.
According to the last thirteen verses of Proverbs chapter 1, wisdom is standing in the street waving frantically, trying to get the attention of anyone who will listen. And yet, so many people are unable to find the wisdom they are looking for. Why is that?
Verse 24-25 says “Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded, because you have disdained my counsel, and would have none of my rebuke.”
According to these verses, it is not because we can’t find or get wisdom that is the problem. It’s that we are rejecting the wisdom that has been offered to us.
How many times have we come against a problem and sought the help of friends, relatives, pastors or doctors? How many web searches have we done only to come up empty handed and frustrated?
Could it be possible that the reason these verses say we are rejecting wisdom, is because we try every other solution possible, before turning to God? And when we do turn to God, are we really seeking Him, or are we simply seeking an answer, so we can go back to our daily lives, doing our own thing?
If wisdom is out there calling us, trying to flag us down, and yet we still miss it, could it be possible that we have gotten the answer we have been seeking, but have tossed it aside as foolishness because it’s not the answer we expected?
Wisdom is here with us, it is living on the inside of us in the form of the Holy Spirit. He is abiding in us to help us. What He really wants is a relationship with us, not five minutes of asking Him for help before running off to get our to-do lists done for the day. He wants to spend time with us in fellowship.
If your spouse is in the car with you and you are going somewhere you have never been before, but your spouse has and you don’t ask for directions, that’s not wisdom. If your spouse tries to give you directions, but you decide you know a better way to get there, that’s not wisdom. Wisdom says, "Even though what you are telling me doesn't make sense, I know I can trust you and I'll do what you tell me to."
Get to know your Savior in such a way that if He tells you to turn right, even though it doesn’t make sense to do so, you’ll do it because you trust Him and know He will guide you in the right direction every time.
Seek wisdom. Seek understanding. Seek God.
“But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil.” ~ Proverbs 1:33