Proverbs 7-8

“I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.”‭‭-Wisdom (8:17‬)

Throughout the Bible we are reminded we can ask for wisdom and receive it. It’s different from knowledge, which must be gained through study and experience. True wisdom is a gift from God, and one He wants to give us.

Chapter 8 is beautiful. Wisdom really is glorious. Earth’s greatest treasure, beyond all wealth, timeless and from the LORD. 

I’ve been thinking about Philippians 4:5:

“Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.”

‭‭The ESV translation swaps out “gentle spirit” with “reasonableness”. NIV calls it “gentleness”. Being reasonable or gentle feels like a lost art (sometimes, when I’m being dramatic), so does being wise.

But guys, we are to be marked by these. The LORD beckons, “ask for wisdom! Pursue her!” The Apostle Paul points out gentleness as something to be known for, also a fruit of the Spirit. 

“For wisdom is better than jewels; and all desirable things cannot compare with her… Counsel is mine and sound wisdom; I am understanding, power is mine… Riches and honor are with me, Enduring wealth and righteousness… My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold, and my yield better than choicest silver…. For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the LORD.” (8:11, 14, 18-19, 35‬)

Okay, yeah, that’s what I want. LORD give us wisdom! Fill us with your Spirit, helping us with understanding and gentleness. Forgive me of the pride, which you hate. I need you for all of life’s fullness. Lead me in wisdom where ever I go. May it proceed my reputation.

-Bethany 

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