Bible Reading: Proverbs 8
Were you ever called foolish in your growing up years?
In my context, it was like a stab- a stab right in the heart. It hurt terribly. And to be honest, it really didn’t matter whether the allegation was grounded or not.
Why would I be thought of as foolish?
I felt like I would want to walk the dark lonely streets and cry out into the night ‘where is wisdom?! Where are you hiding?! Wisdom, I need you!’
I felt willing to do whatever it would take to have wisdom.
But today’s reading is quite interesting to me, because it paints a picture of quite the opposite happening!
Wisdom is actually the one walking the streets and crying out for people:
Does not wisdom cry out,
And understanding lift up her voice?
She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city,
At the entrance of the doors:
“To you, O men, I call,
And my voice is to the sons of men.
Proverbs 8:1, 3-4 NKJV
The Bible shows that wisdom isn’t some scarce, mysterious, get-me-if-you-can thing. Wisdom is right within our reach.
I’ve seen people present and market themselves to you and the terrible mistake you’ll make is taking them at their word. Heavy and brilliant CV’s but empty people. Great adverts, useless products.
It’s called ‘packaging’.
Is the Bible merely presenting wisdom in some fanfare that actually lacks substance? Far from that. Wisdom boasts an incredible CV! Catch a glance at some of what wisdom can do for you and some of the beautiful words associated with wisdom:
Wisdom teaches prudence (v5, 12) inclines to excellence ( v 6), Shows what’s right (v 6), upholds truth (v 7), leads in righteousness (v 8, 18, 20), simplicity (v 9), discretion (v 12), counsel (v 14), strength (v 14), justice (v 15, 20), riches (v 18), honour (v 18), endurance (v 18), wealth (v 21), stirs an atmosphere of rejoicing (v 30), gives instruction (v 33)
This feels like one of those too-good-to-be-true adverts! Why would I get all of this and you’re the one crying out for me?!
But friends, that’s the reality of our generous God! He freely offers us wisdom to live with! If we sit in folly or live our lives outside of all the blessings of wisdom, it’s because we didn’t take on God’s generous offer.
I’m glad that we’re going to share the next five days on this Surge journey, because I believe it represents a surge in the wisdom of God in and for our lives.
Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at the posts of my doors.
For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favor from the Lord
Proverbs 8:34-35 NKJV
That’s what we want to do! To watch daily at the gates of wisdom by studying God’s word together as we get some very practical help for this season of our lives.
Let’s look over the CV of wisdom again, and all those beautiful words associated with it:
Wisdom teaches prudence (v5, 12) inclines to excellence (v 6), Shows what’s right (v 6) , upholds truth (v 7), leads in righteousness (v 8, 18, 20), simplicity (v 9), discretion (v 12), counsel (v 14), strength (v 14), justice (v 15, 20), riches (v 18), honour (v 18), endurance (v 18), wealth (v 21), stirs an atmosphere of rejoicing (v 30), gives instruction (v 33)
What strikes you the most on the list? Write out in the comments section below one or two things that you feel like you can do with some more of it in this season of your life and then get ready and expectant for it!
Something To Pray
And if anyone longs to be wise, ask God for wisdom and he will give it! He won’t see your lack of wisdom as an opportunity to scold you over your failures but he will overwhelm your failures with his generous grace. James 1:5 TPT
Would you pray today asking God for a surge in wisdom in your life in this season.
I can certainly do with an inclination to excellence and a leading in righteousness! Thank you so much sir!
Wisdom is indeed needed for all season
Wisdom is not hard to find.
I’d love a stiring up of the strenght that wisdom gives and grace to endure as I engage all He has for me.
I’d also love to walk in the Spirit of excellence and righteousness.
I can do with the stir of an atmosphere of rejoicing and getting instructions.
I can do with some more excellence and wealth
For me, it is discretion and counsel. I can do with more of both
Thank you Pastor!
I can do with more inclination to excellence and prudence.
Thank you, sir!
This is definitely a good steer in the right direction.
W. Remi Agun
Wisdom’s inclination to excellence and leading in justice strikes me. Thank you sir!
I can do with some more counseling, excellence and instructions. Thank you PTM
Thank you Sir
I can do with more inclination to excellence and receiving wisdom instructions in this season.
I am looking forward to an atmosphere of rejoicing and God’s strength! Wealth should now be jara😊
A surge in wisdom to show me what is right, discretion and endurance.
I need wisdom that inclines to excellence and stirs an atmosphere of rejoicing and I’m expectant for it!
Counsel, strength and instruction will be such big blessings right now.
Thank you PTM!
I’m looking forward to an atmosphere of rejoicing and of instructions.
Thank you so much sir.
I can do with a lot more counsel, discretion and wealth in my life.
Thank you sir.
Wisdom gives counsel and leads in instruction!
I can do with some excellence, counsel and wealth.
Thank you sir.
An atmosphere of rejoicing and upholding truth!!💃🏾
Counsel: This strikes me a lot because I need my heart to be guided in best judgements and decisions
I can do with more upholding of truth and endurance. Thank you sir.