Welcome to 2012 and welcome to "31 Days of Wisdom".
Each day in January, we will be focusing on a key verse or passage of scripture in the book of Proverbs. Since January has 31 days and the book of Proverbs has 31 chapters, this seems like a perfect fit and a truly wise way to start the new year.
I'm sure you will want to stop by each day because, after all, who doesn't want to be wise?
We all do, and yet, foolishly, (if you are like me), we often go searching for wisdom in all the wrong places.
As I have made my way around the book of Proverbs, I have discovered two central themes:
Wisdom begins with the Lord
Wisdom begins with the fear of the LORD, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7, CEB
For the reverence and fear of God are basic to all wisdom. Knowing God results in every other kind of understanding. ~Proverbs 9:10
If we are to be wise, we must know God, for all wisdom is found in Him.
Point # 2
We must have a teachable spirit
Quite honestly, this might be the hardest part of becoming wise. For some reason, heeding instruction doesn't come easy to us humans. From the moment we are born, our desire to explore and learn begins. But, our willingness to follow counsel and do as we're told, well, that is an entirely different thing.
And yet, wouldn't you agree, those who are truly wise are the ones who listen to and then follow the wise advice of others?
If you and I are to drink from the fountain of wisdom, we must first sit at the feet of God and gaze upon His face. We must begin to know, truly know, the Lover of our soul, our precious Saviour, our Abba Daddy.
As we come to know Him, He will be faithful to guide us, lead us, and impart His wisdom.
We, then, must be ready to
receive His counsel,
be open to follow His instruction,
and be willing to become pliable in His hands,
as He re-creates and molds us into His image.
This is where wisdom begins~
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