My son, do not lose sight of these keep sound wisdom and discretion,
and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck (Prov 3:21-22).
There are so many admonitions to “keep Wisdom” in Proverbs. No wonder! The way of Wisdom is the way of God. As I have mentioned before, our Pastor said recently, “Wisdom is applying God’s Word in God’s World.” So yes, please, more of that for my children and for me!
Recently, I posted about the value of having a Biblical Worldview. When our True North becomes God’s good Word, and we see the Truth of Who He is, and there is life for our souls…it is a real refreshing of us. It is funny to me, how long I resisted this…how many years I thought that my way was THE way, and that submitting to HIS Way was painful. But the more I read Scripture, the more I saw that my way…was crooked, just plain bent. Putting His Wisdom, next to mine, humbled me. Have you ever encountered this? But this humbling brings the refreshing: Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up (James 4:10).
Experiencing right relationship with God is what lifts us up. Think of a time when you witnessed God’s Word in God’s World…maybe you read something about Him, and then saw Him fulfilling that Truth in your life or in the lives of others. Seeing this intersection between God’s Word and God’s World, resonates, it encourages us….and there is a momentary lightening of the load, if we are weary and heavy laden…because experiencing God does bring us rest (Matt 11:28).
When sound wisdom and discernment “adorn our necks”, it means that we are honored when we glorify Him. If our lives reflect Him accurately, people are drawn to Him, in us. Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord” (Jer 9:23-24).
I recently learned of an apparently famous quote attributed to Ghandi. It is said that he admired the life and words of Jesus Christ. And when asked about why he did not become a Christian, this was his reply: I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians, they are so unlike your Christ.
So the challenge today, and everyday, is that we would be like Christ, who is like His Father, who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth (Jer 9:24). Keeping these practices, keeps wisdom and discernment in our hearts.
Britta ~ I am justAgirl…just like you!