The other morning when I was reading my Proverb of the day, a few verses about wisdom stood out to me. I flipped open the notebook that I keep by me when I do my devotions and started jotting down some notes.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” (vs. 7)
Wisdom comes before understanding/knowledge. Sometimes, I think of wisdom as spiritual and understanding as practical. I know they’re all rolled up in one, but bear with me. We must be wise spiritually–learn from God’s Word–if we want to learn practical applications for our life.
“When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.” (vs. 12)
When we have wisdom and understanding, we can move forward without fear because we know where we’re going. Again, we get wisdom and guidance from God’s Word. Psalm 119:105 says that God’s Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. We can always trust God to lead us in His perfect will for our individual lives.
Now we get to the part that really stood out to me and got me excited. 🙂 Sure, we know that we need wisdom in our lives, we know that we need to let God lead us, but how? Grab your Bible and follow along here; it’s good!
1 – Listen & take to heart God’s Word (vs. 20)
Of course, the first thing we need to do is fill our hearts and minds with God’s Word. We’re not going to be able to follow Him unless we listen to Him.
2 – Memorize & meditate on Scripture (vs. 21)
Anyone else struggle with this? I always plan to work on memorizing more Scripture, but somehow that’s something that always gets dropped early on. I should make a Scripture memory tracker – is that something y’all would be interested in? Or just add it to your weekly habit tracker or monthly goals tracker. There are so many benefits to hiding God’s Word in your heart. And I encourage you not to just memorize it and get it in your head. Really think about it and get it into your heart.
3 – Keep a clean & pure heart (vs. 23)
I don’t know about you, but the first thing that pops into my mind when I read this verse is keeping a pure heart romantically. Of course, that’s all good and fine. But, more importantly, we are to keep our heart clean from sin. Thankfully, we have a loving Father who will forgive us when we repent and turn to Him (1 John 1:9)!
4 – Speak honestly & kindly (vs. 24)
There are so many verses that speak on this topic. Ephesians 4:32 is a popular one about being kind to each other, and one of the characteristics of the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31 is that the “law of kindness” is in her mouth (Proverbs 31:26). (Incidentally, the same verse says that she opens her mouth with wisdom, which is what we’re learning to do here!) Learning to guard what comes out of our mouth is applying wisdom to our lives.
5 – Keep your eyes on the goal (vs. 25)
Spiritual distractions are very real and very hard. But when you get discouraged, go to Scripture to remind yourself why you follow Christ, why you’re trying to obey His Word, and why you’re pursuing wisdom. Proverbs 2 is an amazing chapter about the blessings and benefits of wisdom.
6 – Carefully take each step (vs. 26)
Before each decision, before each step, before each new thing, seek the Lord’s guidance. Wisdom will help lead us in the right paths. (By the way, try replacing “wisdom” in Proverbs with “Jesus.” It’s so fitting!) When we seek Him, He will guide us (Psalm 37:23).
7 – Keep pressing on with no distractions (vs. 27)
Guess what verses are coming here? 😉 You know it’s going to be my favorite: Philippians 3:13-14. Even when you’re discouraged, even when you don’t want to move forward, keep pressing on. And remember: pressing on is an action. You’re not pressing on when you’re sitting there doing nothing. You’re pressing on when you keep taking the next step (even if it seems like you slip backwards and have to keep taking the same step over and over).
To wrap it up, here’s a promise from this morning’s chapter: “He that walketh uprightly walketh surely…” (Proverbs 10:9, emphasis mine)
Go get wisdom. Apply it to your life. And then walk in the confidence of God’s will.