Saturday, May 30, 2020

Seeking wisdom: 31 days of Proverbs


What should you do if you feel you need wisdom? Ask and it shall be given to you.


A few months ago I began praying for godly wisdom. I imagined I’d wake up one-day filled with it, without doing anything more than asking it to be so. Things didn’t quite work out that way. This is what actually happened; I prayed for wisdom and God directed me to the book of proverbs. Before I get into what I learned during my 31 days with proverbs (I spent a full day on one chapter), it’s important to understand why I prayed for wisdom in the first place.


Why I sought godly wisdom


“For attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple. Knowledge and discretion to the young- let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance- for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise.”

--Proverbs 1 vs. 2-6


We make decisions all day everyday, from the moment we wake up we spend the rest of the day deciding what to wear, eat, do, say, go. Our days, our lives are the sum total of our decisions; I don’t know about you but I want the sum of all these little decisions to equal a life lived glorifying God. But for that to be the case I need His grace and guidance; enter godly wisdom. So what wisdom did I attain?


Wisdom is not hidden; it is ignored


“Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights along the way, where the paths meet she takes her stand; beside the gates leading into the city, at the entrances, she cries aloud: “to you, o men I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind.” – Proverbs 8 vs. 1-4


There are many verses in proverbs about ‘wisdom shouting to be heard’ but ultimately being ignored. This image brought to mind all the unheeded advice of parents, doctors, good friends, mentors, and even pastors. How many times were you given sound counsel that you ignored in favor of following your own blind emotions?   

“I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.” – Proverbs 8 vs. 17


I asked God for wisdom and He led me to it. I’ve read verses from Proverbs but I never read from start to finish this book of wisdom and guidance for everyday life. The moment I asked God revealed His wisdom.


“Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.” – Proverbs 8 vs. 34

There is a reward for the man/woman who seeks and answers the call of wisdom.




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