August 28, 2007

Walking on Water

by Donna Winner

It is funny how we take the common things for granted. It seems we just assume that we will always continue to breathe, to walk, to sit and think, to simply be. Scripture tells us that this is not the case, that our lives do indeed have a planned beginning and ending. We are encouraged in Proverbs to make the most of our days, to be sober-minded and clear headed and to choose our actions as well as our attitudes carefully.

Wisdom comes from the Lord and Solomon urges believers to "get it" and "get it good."

Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. Proverbs 4:5

Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have,
get understanding. Proverbs 4:7

How much better to
get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver! Proverbs 16:16

He who
gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers. Proverbs 19:18

Buy the truth and do not sell it;
get wisdom, discipline and understanding. Proverbs 23:23
I especially like the last reference because it clearly shows that there are three things we are to seek: wisdom (truth), discipline and understanding. How often do we ask for help and then refuse to accept what is offered? I don't know about you, but I often get irked when someone comes to me to ask my advice and then will not listen to what I say. It is like "ok, thanks!" These people simply want to take a survey (reminds me of Richard Dawson on Family Feud -- "Survey Says!"). It is not that my advice is that great or that I want everyone to listen to my views, no, not in the least. It is simply that I do try to carefully consider my words and if someone I know is in need of spiritual advice, I am extra cautious to make sure to tell them what Scripture says and not just my own .03 cents!

The other day I wondered if God gets irked at me when I come to Him to ask for His advice and then say "ok, thanks!" Do I wait for the "Survey Says" to see what my "options are?" Ooops! Yes, I admit that I do. The Bible clearly instructs believers to go to the LORD and to seek wisdom, discipline and understanding so as to be able to live soberly, effectually, and to be able to make good choices. The only survey that matters is the one issued by our LORD. His Word counts.

I have decided that while there are many godly men and women in my life and many of them do give good counsel; my number one ally is God and it is His wisdom that I desire and need most. Solomon didn't say "go ask some godly men what to do" -- no, he said to "get wisdom" and the source of that wisdom was to be God and God alone.




August 25, 2007