"... But wisdom is justified of her children." (Matthew 11:19).
In Proverbs 4, the writer requests a listening, a hearing, and an application to words that he gives to his son in verses 1-4.
1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
3 For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
He begins in verse 5 with these two words: "Get wisdom, ..."
In James 1:5-6 we read:
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
Back in Proverbs 4:5, we are also told to "... get understanding: ..." This took me back to Proverbs 1:1-8.
1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel;
2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding;
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
4 To give subtilty to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion.
5 A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:
6 To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings.
7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
Back again in Proverbs 4, we are told to forget it not (verse 5), to forsake her not (verse 6), and then to exalt her (verse 8).
As we enter into the New Year, Vision Sunday is this week, January 13. May we individually and corporately, as a church, seek her, forget it not, forsake her not, but exalt her! All decisions are not equal in urgency nor in impact, yet some are urgent and hold great impact. May we ask God to give us discernment on the difference in our lives each day. I can do good things for and with God that may cause me to miss out on great things for and with God. Let us seek for, request, and spend time with God each day to have the necessary wisdom to know the difference.
Please take a few moments in the coming days to pray for myself, the staff, our church, and fellow co-laborers in His work.
Written by Dr. Bill Duttry