A wise person went up against a city of warriors and brought down its secure fortress. Proverbs 21:22
I know why this is one of my favorite Proverbs! I can’t count the number of times I’ve been faced with a situation, conflict or challenge that has seemed impossible to tackle or overcome in my life. Let’s just say, it seems like millions sometimes. This verse, from Proverbs 21, is a wonderful reminder that we don’t need all the answers, strength or solutions if we are wise.
And what is a wise man/woman? Where does wisdom come from? And how do we get it?
Thank goodness it’s not from reading all the books in the library, earning multiple college degrees or playing jeopardy daily! It’s much less work than all of that, but it does take discipline and an earnest desire to gain wisdom and be wise in all situations.
I found these scriptures to answers our three questions:
What is a wise woman/man?
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. Matthew 7:24-25
Where does wisdom come from?
For to the man who is pleasing in His sight, He gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy, . . . . Ecclesiastes 2:26
because God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. 1 Cor. 1:25
And how do we get it?
Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
The wisdom we need to overcome all obstacles isn’t from us or anyone among us, but from God. No amount of schooling or degrees will give us His wisdom, but through prayer, reflection on His word and just asking Him, we can have the wisdom He so desires to give us. And what makes this Godly wisdom so amazing and so much better than worldly wisdom?
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:17
There isn’t much on this Earth that is full of mercy, impartial, sincere and peace-loving. Heavenly wisdom is the kind of wisdom that helps us conquer fears, scale walls, face unthinkable grief, look at giant obstacles as mere ant hills, keep our eyes on the cross and offers a safe place to anchor your heart in the midst of a violent storm. My prayer for all of us this week is that we are able to seek and receive God’s wisdom in the midst of the chaos that looms around us each day and that we can go out as wise warriors among wolves.
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