Wisdom is seeing things – individual aspects of life, and the world in general – from God’s perspective.
That’s been on my heart a lot over the last few weeks, and it’s been the topic of quite a few discussions, too.
Apply your heart to instruction,
And your ears to words of knowledge.
Buy the truth, and do not sell it,
Also wisdom and instruction and understanding.
(Proverbs 23:12, 23)
There are a couple words in these two verses that help me remember to seek wisdom. The first is “apply.” It’s an effort. If I bought some ointment for poison ivy, it wouldn’t do any good in the medicine cabinet. I have to put it on the affected area, and keep applying it until I get results.
The second word is “buy.” A purchase, at it’s most simple level, is exchanging something that I own for something that I think is more valuable. Sometimes a purchase is a sacrifice – I have to forgo something to be able to afford something else.
So, my questions for myself today (and maybe they’re your questions, too) are:
Is there anything in my life that I should let go of, so that I can gain more wisdom? Maybe it’s time-wasting activities, or simply pride.
And, am I putting what I learn to work, or am I ignoring it?
Let’s commit together that we will do whatever it takes to acquire wisdom, and apply it in every aspect of our lives.