Proverbs 2: Seek Wisdom

These last few months have been quite interesting.  As I look back, I can only laugh.  Laugh at the number of different situations that occurred.  It became a little overwhelming after a while.  But I kept pushing.  I was sensing God moving in spite of everything.  I remember opening my door a few months ago, baffled at the situation I was finding myself in, and thinking “wow, if the enemy is willing to throw the kitchen sink at me and my family, then we must be doing something right.”

Although it wasn’t easy, it brought me great encouragement over the last few months.  It’s given me the strength to keep pushing through no matter how discouraged I become. 

What was needed, though, was wisdom from God on how to handle all of what was going on.  Maybe one day I’ll share it publicly, but for now, I cannot do that.  

We found ourselves in a moment in time where we were being confronted with what we have been teaching.  How much do we really believe what we teach – what we believe?  Well, I’ll tell ya – with everything I am.  

Jesus is KING!!! He reigns! Truth wins every time! Light overcomes darkness without exception!

So here I am, back in Proverbs – the greatest book on Wisdom. (in my opinion)

Reading Proverbs in the Passion Translation is awesome because it elaborates the meaning and intentions of the words, plus it’s in our “language” today.  Talk about timely wisdom.  Isn’t it amazing how God’s word is very much alive?  Holy Spirit breathed life into me while I read it.  He comforted me and gave me hope, assuring me that because I’m seeking wisdom, she will give me understanding and lead me into the right path of success.

S – Scripture

Today for me, it’s many verses that pop out at me because they are all connected and provide a full picture.  Because of length, I’ll share here the NASB version (Passion translation is much longer, but you should check it out.  All the bible apps have it.  It’s usually there as TPT).

1 My son, if you will receive my words
And treasure my commandments within you,
Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
Incline your heart to understanding;
For if you cry for discernment,
[a]Lift your voice for understanding;
If you seek her as silver
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
Then you will discern the fear of the Lord
And discover the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
Guarding the paths of justice,
And He preserves the way of His godly ones.
Then you will discern righteousness and justice
And equity and every good course.

O – Observation

Honestly, my observation is how much love my Heavenly Father has for me that He would breathe life into a scripture that He knew I would read and NEED  It’s Word is so perfect and timely.  His Word is so alive that the Holy Spirit can take any scripture and teach me how to apply it to my life and in my current situation.

This entire passage speaks to the fact that if I seek His wisdom that I will not only receive it, but discernment and TRUE knowledge will be given to me.  He’s so good that He gives over and beyond what we even ask for.

Verses 7-8 in the Passion translation really popped out at me.  It reads:

For the Lord has a hidden store-house of wisdom made accessible to his godly lovers.  He becomes your personal bodyguard as you follow his ways, protecting and guarding you as you choose what is right.

It then goes on to say

Then you will discover all that is just, proper, and fair, and be empower to make the right decisions as you want into your destiny.

Wow…I’ll tell you something.  What I need, today, is to know what is just, proper and fair, and to make the wise/right decisions as I face my current situation.  I do not want to act out of emotion or pain.  It’s we have been experiecing what can only be described as an attack from the lucifer and the pits of hell.  So many blatant lies and attacks, there’s no doubt that it’s evil.  While it’s easy to fall into a victim mindset, I am determined to take my claim as a daughter of God and move in wisdom; trusting that my Dad knows best.  I will follow His lead.

That is why that passage spoke so much to me today because in verses 3-5 in the Passion is says:

Yes, cry out for comprehension and intercede for insight.  For if you keep seeking it like a man would seek for sterling silver, searching in hidden places for cherished treasure, then you will discover the fear of the Lord and find the true knowledge of God.

A- Application

Today, I accept His advice and hold it in my heart.  I will continue to train my heart to listen when Wisdom speaks and will keep my spirit open so that I can have discernment.  I will continue to seek and pray for insight so that I can take the best steps and say the what the Father would have.  I will pray the same for everyone involved, so that we can all walk in wisdom because, as we learned yesterday, wisdom brings peace; I desire peace for me and my entire family.

P- Prayer

Holy Spirit, you are my best friend.  You know me better than anyone else.  At times you know me better than I know myself.  I am grateful for the times you bring things to the surface so that I can purge that which does not please my Father.  

I’m thankful for your comfort.  I’m thankful for peace that surpasses understanding that you have given to me and mine.  Even in the midst of pain, you have filled us with joy.  Your hope has filled our entire beings and it is for this reason that I want to share with the entire world about You.  Only You can give this.  It’s only possible through You.  

You have given us all dreams to help us navigate through this time in our lives.  Those dreams have provided us not only with peace, but direction.  I chuckle as I pray this because most of the direction You’ve give is to be still.  To rest.  Proverbs 1!

I have seen You come through time and time again.  Good has always overcome evil.  Light has always dissolved darkness.  Truth always overcomes lies.  Mercy triumphs over judgement.  Forgiveness pushes away bitterness.  Love casts out fear!!

At the very beginning of it all I was confronted with the question “Andrea, how much do you trust all that? Do you believe?”

My answer was and is

I don’t just believe it.  I know it!

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