Today’s post is one filled with so much wisdom and insight from the book of Proverbs, written by: Jasmine Duff
Jasmine Duff is a writer, speaker, and author at season26.com. She is a Birmingham, Alabama native with a heart for spreading the gospel and uplifting her community. Say hi on Instagram!
The word wisdom is often associated with grey hairs, troubles, and a collection of faith-filled experiences.
There’s a reason young people aren’t often counted among the wise.
They’re too unfocused and impatient.
Ready to get out and tackle the world with little regard to life’s instruction manual.
Wisdom is born through humility and endurance.
It comes to those who earnestly seek it by deciding to put God first.
The book of Proverbs is dedicated to wisdom. It describes her as a woman crying aloud in the streets, warning the foolish and complacent about the dangers of their ways. My favorite verse reads, “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you.”
Thinking of wisdom as a person reminds me that Christianity is all about building relationships. We are called to be the light of the world and show people Christ’s love through our actions. Wisdom bridges the gap between what you do and why. It’s the glue that holds your faith together when the rationales of life try to break you.
Wisdom is like the cool breeze of a summer storm; washing away your well-built veil of ignorance to expose a truth only God provides. Wisdom comes in and makes you feel exposed. The goal is to establish a new mindset so It demands your discipline and pushes you towards patience until you begin to see the benefits of living a life lead by God.
Finding wisdom can be pretty intimidating, but the Lord urges you to find understanding no matter what it costs. You may lose friendships, loved ones, situationships, jobs, and a few nights out on your road to wisdom. But do not be discouraged, those things were just apart of the baggage blocking your pace to peace and prosperity.
Here are three things you’ll need to sacrifice as you find your way to wisdom:
Your Pride– You cannot solve a problem until you first admit you have one.
Beyonce may take pride in big egos but God does not.
The longer you waste time trying to solve your own problems, the longer you miss out on the blessing of God’s favor. You are humble because you know God is in control so every single thing that happens to you WILL work out in your favor. You are humble because you’ve studied scripture and found verses/promises that combat your deepest fears. So the next time insecurity starts to make you feel impatient and you feel the need to make a plan to regain control, remember that God doesn’t need any help. He doesn’t tend to change your situation until he first sees a change in you.
Your Perspective- Proverbs 16:20 reads, “God blesses those who obey him; happy is the man who puts his trust in the Lord.” Life with Christ can often seem like a buzzkill. You have to give up some of your favorite habits, make new friends, and start going to church more. Change may seem dull at first you can’t expect new blessings to come from an old mindset. God isn’t concerned about making his commandments fit your lifestyle. He doesn’t offer a “Favor only” or half off weekend plan for obedience. You must condition your mind to seek out things that are pleasing to the Holy Spirit. The more you associate yourself with Christ the more you’ll begin to crave new things. But if you only look at it through the lense of what you’re missing you’ll never realize the true beauty of all you stand to gain.
Your plans- Remember, young people, tend to lack wisdom due to impatience. Proverbs teaches us that wisdom dwells with prudence, which means to govern yourself using reason and caution. Caution requires thought and patience, which means you may have to hold off on some of your ideas to see what God has in mind. It’s not that God’s plans are drastically different from yours, after all, you are his child and made in his image, he just typically has a different route to get you there. And if his plans to happen to be the complete opposite of what you’ve been praying for, trust that those desires weren’t good for you well being and God plans have even greater things in store. The key here is to develop a spirit of prudence. God doesn’t deliver blessings as fast as Amazon because he packs more quality into his products. He wants to make sure you can handle what you’re asking for because he’s already gone before you and knows what the challenges look like. A wise spirit trusts that God has not forsaken them and holds on during the tests that come with following the straight and narrow path. Sacrifice your plans to God and watch him blow your mind.
God isn’t going to beg you to develop a spirit of wisdom. It won’t happen easily and it’s probably going to take a long time. But God considers grey hair a crown of splendor, earned by those who chose to live righteously and made it a priority to seek wisdom. Learn from the elders before you and take refuge in the arms of God as your grey stands begin to sprout. God will never leave or forsake you, but you can only stand firmly by learning the wisdom of his words.