Let Wisdom Flow Like a Brook

Let wisdom flow like a brook

Proverbs 18:4 The Passion Translation 

Words of wisdom are like a fresh, flowing brook—
like deep waters that spring forth from within,
bubbling up inside the one with understanding.”

Wisdom is so important in our everyday lives.  We make decisions all throughout the day.  Without wisdom, we keep making the same mistakes over and over again.  Wisdom added to the facts we have gathered about any subject completes the understanding of it.

God grants us wisdom freely through the Holy Spirit any time we need it.  I have been a wisdom seeker for many years.  I made so many mistakes due to a lack of wisdom and understanding about a lot of life’s issues.  After the Lord started releasing wisdom to me, the mistakes grew less and less.  Do I still make mistakes?  Of course, I do, they have gotten less and less because I stop and ask for wisdom when I need it instead of going ahead without thought and falling on my face.

Pray for wisdom for your own needs today.  The Lord God gladly releases it to you.  One of my favorite verses in the Bible is James 1:5-8.  May it bless you today.

James 1:5-8 The Passion Translation 

5″ 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. Just make sure you ask empowered by confident faith without doubting that you will receive. For the ambivalent person believes one minute and doubts the next. Being undecided makes you become like the rough seas driven and tossed by the wind. You’re up one minute and tossed down the next. 7–8 When you are half-hearted and wavering it leaves you unstable.  Can you really expect to receive anything from the Lord when you’re in that condition?”

The choice is yours: Give up? Don’t give up!

Give up?  Don’t give up!

We are making choices at every moment of the day.  Most of them are totally ingrained behavior according to how old we are.  We don’t have to think through most things as we have already made the decisions subconsciously.  For example, we need to go to the store.  We have most likely already decided how we are going, what roads we will take, what we need when we get there…etc.  We don’t get in our car and have to decide to back out of our driveway.  We automatically respond to learned behavior.

When it comes to our lifestyles, most of us follow how we were raised.  We either do like our parents or the opposite if we did not have a good home life.  With the world in the crisis, chaos, and pain it is in now, we do have to stop and make some conscious decisions.  One of them is how we will go forward.  It would be easy for some of us to give up and have a “whatever” attitude.  The problem with that attitude is the results are usually not what we wanted and we spend years trying to correct the results.  All it would have taken was to choose differently.  We can choose to find out the best methods of health care, financial wisdom, relationship-building techniques, and growth in the time of crisis.  Or, we can just float in a haze of worry or indifference and find ourselves in a mess emotionally, socially, spiritually, and financially.

Now is the time to choose-give up or not?  Seek help from experts on the subject of our needs, or allow life to crush our dreams.  Call upon the Lord God for rescue or sit in our whining corner and blame everyone else for our troubles.

I know this is a  strong challenge to us, but we need to be awakened from our apathy and do something positive for our future.  We pray that all of us will trust God for direction and wisdom at this time.  He sees all and knows how to fix all our wrong choices when we surrender to Him.  Be blessed this week as you seek the path to get out of distress and on a path of victory in Christ Jesus!

Philippians 4:13 King James Version (KJV)

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Psalm 25:5 King James Version (KJV)

Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.  

Psalm 143:10 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

10 Show me what you want me to do.  You are my God.
Let your good Spirit lead me over level ground.

Proverbs 1:32 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

32 “Fools die because they refuse to follow wisdom. They are content to follow their foolish ways, and that will destroy them.

Intimacy with God requires relationship

When I saw this photo on Pixabay, I was struck by the calmness and directness of the scene.  These two lions are face to face, staring into each other’s eyes.  Obviously one is adult and the other a cub.  I could picture the older one speaking to the younger one about life.  Warnings, directions, instructions and even an affectionate paw swat could be a part of this moment in their relationship.

I immediately was reminded of Solomon in the book of Proverbs.  He was instruction his sons and daughters about life.  There is so much wisdom found there.  He was given insights into the human condition from God.  He was considered the wisest man that ever lived.  There was only One who was greater and that was Jesus Christ.

The following Scriptures really show the heart of Solomon as he wrote down advice to his children:

Proverbs 1:1-19 (TPT)

Here are kingdom revelations, words to live by, and words of wisdom given to empower you to reign in life, written as proverbs by Israel’s King Solomon, David’s son.

Within these sayings will be found the revelation of wisdom
and the impartation of spiritual understanding.
Use them as keys to unlock the treasures of true knowledge.
Those who cling to these words will receive discipline
to demonstrate wisdom in every relationship
and to choose what is right and just and fair.
These proverbs will give you great skill
to teach the immature and make them wise,
to give youth the understanding of their design and destiny.
For the wise, these proverbs will make you even wiser,
and for those with discernment,
you will be able to acquire brilliant strategies for leadership.
These kingdom revelations will break open your understanding
to unveil the deeper meaning of parables,
poetic riddles, and epigrams,
and to unravel the words and enigmas of the wise.
How then does a man gain the essence of wisdom?
We cross the threshold of true knowledge
when we live in obedient devotion to God.
Stubborn know-it-alls will never stop to do this,
for they scorn true wisdom and knowledge.

The Wisdom of a Father

Pay close attention, my child, to your father’s wise words
and never forget your mother’s instructions.
For their insight will bring you success,
adorning you with grace-filled thoughts
and giving you reins to guide your decisions.
10 When peer pressure compels you to go with the crowd
and sinners invite you to join in,
you must simply say, “No!”
11 When the gang says—
“We’re going to steal and kill and get away with it.
12 We’ll take down the rich and rob them.
We’ll swallow them up alive
and take what we want from whomever we want.
13 Then we’ll take their treasures and fill our homes with loot.
14 So come on and join us.
Take your chance with us.
We’ll divide up all we get;
we’ll each end up with big bags of cash!”—
15 my son, refuse to go with them and stay far away from them.
16 For crime is their way of life and bloodshed their specialty.
17 To be aware of their snare is the best way of escape.
18 They’ll resort to murder to steal their victim’s assets,
but eventually it will be their own lives that are ambushed.
19 In their ungodly disrespect for God
they bring destruction on their own lives.

Let us listen to Wisdom’s voice

We are the deciding choosers in life.  We chose to listen to those who have lived long enough to understand some of life, or we rebel and find out for ourselves just how hard can be.  Foolish choices lead to destruction.  In the book of Proverbs is revealed how to not be a failure in life.

Let us choose this week to seek after wisdom and stay out of the devil’s traps found in rebellion and foolishness.

Wisdom is something you seek after

Proverbs 18:4 TPT

“4 Words of wisdom are like a fresh, flowing brook—
like deep waters that spring forth from within,
bubbling up inside the one with understanding.”

Solomon’s Call For Wise Men

Proverbs 1 (TPT)

“1 Here are kingdom revelations, words to live by, and words of wisdom given to empower you to reign in life written as proverbs by Israel’s King Solomon, David’s son.  Within these sayings will be found the revelation of wisdom and the impartation of spiritual understanding.  Use them as keys to unlock the treasures of true knowledge.

Those who cling to these words will receive discipline
to demonstrate wisdom in every relationship
and to choose what is right and just and fair.
These proverbs will give you great skill
to teach the immature and make them wise,
to give youth the understanding of their design and destiny.
For the wise, these proverbs will make you even wiser,
and for those with discernment,
you will be able to acquire brilliant strategies for leadership.
These kingdom revelations will break open your understanding
to unveil the deeper meaning of parables,
poetic riddles, and epigrams,
and to unravel the words and enigmas of the wise.
How then does a man gain the essence of wisdom?
We cross the threshold of true knowledge
when we live in obedient devotion to God.
Stubborn know-it-alls will never stop to do this,
for they scorn true wisdom and knowledge.”

Knowledge, wisdom and understanding are choices we make.  We choose to seek after them or to ignore them.  By wisdom, we learn to gain understanding and how to use knowledge.  Knowledge without wisdom and understanding is useless and can be dangerous.  We can use so many examples.  “Alligators are dangerous” is a truth or word of knowledge.  Yet without wisdom and understanding we can be led astray.  Being from Florida, I have known a lot of alligators in my life.  They have habitats in our local lakes.  They build mini-caves under the edges of the pond or lake.  They like murky water to hide their house in.  They travel mostly at night  [though we have seen them walking across golf courses during the daylight hours] and like to go lake to lake at that time.  This is why unsuspecting people have been in their yards at night and encountered a gator.  They also feed at night more than in the daytime.  That is why it is dangerous to swim in lakes and ponds at dusk.  They drown their victim then eat them later.  All these facts add to understanding, but wisdom tells you to avoid swimming at dusk in ponds or lakes, to watch where to walk at night and to not walk in fear just because alligators share your pond or lake.

The same can be said of so many things we fear when we have no knowledge, understanding or wisdom concerning them.  Ignorance is the foundation for prejudice.  Which means to pre-judge a person, place or situation. Humans are notorious for pre-judging things and people.  Our history books are filled with stories of our unfortunate tendencies.  Yet the Bible says, wisdom is shouting in the streets calling us to listen to her.

Lord, help us to listen to Your voice of wisdom, in the Name of Jesus we pray. Amen.