God’s wisdom far outweighs our meager attempts to “get things right.” And the best way to acquire His infinite wisdom is to pursue Him through His Word. Daily study and meditation, along with prayer, will show us how to “get things right” the right way.

Eternal Perspectives      by Sally Bair

Pursuing Wisdom  

I’ve always loved trees. When I lean against a big oak, I can almost feel its strength and power, and I imagine it’s full of God’s wisdom. After all, He did create it.

The Proverbs of King Solomon speak much about God’s wisdom. They’re full of wise, common sense pearls. They give us skill in the art of living successfully and morally, no matter our circumstances. They tell us how to raise our kids, how to handle our money and how to be good workers and leaders. They help us relate to others with care and with positive attitudes. They even advise us about our health.

The first chapter of Proverbs says that Solomon’s wise sayings are a manual for living, for learning what’s right and just and fair. The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, according to chapter one, and those who fear God are those who know Him intimately and obey His commands. His wisdom shows us how to respond to God.

Proverbs 3:5-8 is a good example of how we can respond to God. Verses 5-8 say: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.”

The same chapter in Proverbs tells us that by God’s wisdom, understanding, and knowledge, He formed the heavens and the earth. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)

God’s wisdom will surely help us as we strive to live according to His principles. Following God’s wisdom through His Word is worth our time and energy. A great way to begin is by reading a proverb every day that we can apply and incorporate into our daily activities. Even better, we can follow with readings from the rest of His Word, including Old Testament books, the Psalms, the Gospels and Letters.

Lord, thank You that we can embrace Your wisdom through Your Word, much like leaning against a tree for support. Give us the desire and compulsion to learn more about You through daily reading and meditation of Your Word. Thank You for its ability to give us not only wisdom, but life, healing, and freedom from sin and fear. Cause us to use Your wisdom in following Your commands—especially those of loving You above all else, and loving our neighbor as ourselves. In Jesus’ name, amen.