A Woman of Wisdom
The book of Proverbs is one of those books you can study again and again. Each time with great expectation; nuggets of truth will be revealed. It has so much depth and practicality. So much real life application. So much insight and wisdom. The goal of this book is to teach wisdom and discipline (Proverbs 1:2). Throughout Proverbs instruction is given to be disciplined, have good conduct and to do what is right, just and fair (Proverbs 1:3).
I have set out to study Proverbs and read a chapter a day this month. Perhaps you would like to join me. If you’re like me, you may admit these are areas you would like growth in. Personally, my pursuit is to never stop growing. I can always be better as I compare myself in the light of the word of God. I want to be better. I want to reflect more of who God is; His light in this dark, cruel world we live in. On this journey, I vow to not merely read the word but to digest it. To meditate on it, repeat it, memorize it, write it and reflect on it. Whatever it takes. I want to be a student of the word and of Jesus. To know Him is to become Him.
To become more like Him, we need wisdom and discipline. I’m confident having both are essential but He has to be the foundation. The key verse in Proverbs says, “Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7). He is the starting point to wisdom. We need Him to navigate our journey. Without dependence on Him; we can’t find our way and all the wisdom of the world wouldn’t do us any good. We would never reach the destiny He has set in motion for us. We would not because we could not without Him. We must yield so He can lead the way for us.
We must reverence Him wholeheartedly. We awaken early to seek Him and lie down thanking Him. We must become still long enough to hear Him. Pray long enough to receive His answer. Put aside what we think we know and grab hold to His teachings.
Proverbs 1:5 says, “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.” One who is teachable is considered wise according to this verse. It doesn’t matter how many degrees we’ve attained, what our IQ level may be, our ability to analyze, or to think quick on our feet. These qualities may be admirable to others; but to God none of this matters. We can become professional know-it-alls and know nothing of Christ.
He wants to teach us His wisdom so we can grow in Him. To be women of wisdom, we have to let Him. Proverbs 1 verses 20 – 32 go on to talk about how wisdom cries out to get our attention. Imagine a loud-mouthed woman trying to gain attention. Wisdom does this in the places we are most familiar with. The places we can get to with our eyes closed. The places we go when we let our imaginations run wild. Wisdom is there. She’s always there. Pleading with us, competing for our attention amid distractions.
She beckons for us. Wisdom does. She gets impatient as she’s rejected. Ignored. Laughed at. Yet if we continue to refuse her teachings; she will have the last laugh.
Seek now to become a woman of wisdom. While there is still time. There will come a time when every warning will be heightened in our memory. We will remember when we rejected it. Every nudge we ignored will be remembered. How fortunate we have time now to receive wisdom and treasure it. To regard it as more valuable to us than silver or gold. Before it is too late. Before our cries can no longer be heard. Before He can no longer be found. We have time now.
Proverbs 1:29 says, “For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord.” It is a choice my friends. Fear of Him is the beginning of knowledge and when we choose not to fear Him; we prove we hate knowledge. We hate wisdom. We are convinced our way is better. We are convinced we can live without Him. How tragic this is! But although we may not verbalize or dare to admit anything remotely close to this; the way we live will convey the truth.
Yield to Him. Learn from Him. He is the beginning of wisdom.