As a kid, sometimes my mouth would “shoot first, and look later.” After many self-inflicted wounds, I can still hear the voices of my parents saying, “Wise up!” Did you know that the Book of Proverbs in the Bible was written by a parent to his children? Solomon, the king, wanted to give his children everything he could to see them “wise up” and live productive, God-honoring lives. Of course, Solomon’s wisdom extends way beyond his own children…blessing every generation and countless numbers of God’s children wherever the Bible is read and spoken! Here are (in my opinion) the most well-known verses in Proverbs: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (3:5-6). These verses contain the ultimate “wise up” challenge! We don’t like to admit it, but our own ways of thinking are often messed up and lead to terrible choices. When we are challenged to humble ourselves before God, our natural inclination is to crawl back to our “self-understanding” cave…and brag about the wisdom of our own opinions. May we hear God’s call to come out of the cave! Receiving wisdom from God begins by admitting how foolish we are. Such humility is why many people never submit to God. It takes a lot of courage to admit “I am wrong and God is right.” But, by taking the plunge away from our limited understanding into the vast resources of God, we begin life’s great adventure of living under His blessing. Through admitting our need of God’s wisdom, we begin to understand true purpose and enjoy living in right relationship with Him. King Solomon continued his insights on wisdom (as seen in the next verse): “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil” (Proverbs 3:7). As the best parent ever, God offers us His way to find wisdom. Will we follow His way…or stay in our own way?
Pastor Mark Boucher