Today we welcome our new team member, Christine Hitch, as she opens up our new series "Wisdom"!
The Originator of Wisdom by Christine Hitch
Proverbs 2:6, Proverbs 8:10-11, James 3:17
When I was asked to write a post on wisdom, my first thought was, “What do I know about wisdom?” I’m just a 22 year old barely making it through grad school. When I think of wisdom the first thing that comes to my mind is wrinkles…yeah, wisdom comes with age like gray hair and wrinkles! Although, I think I may have a few more wrinkles over this past year of grad school, being wise is something I hardly associate myself with. But the truth is, God does not equate wisdom with age, but your reliance on Him and His Word.
In Proverbs 2:6 it reminds us, “For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.”
Ultimately, this sound judgment can only come from our Father. So although wisdom doesn’t necessarily have to do with age, it does take TIME.
We cannot fully gain wisdom unless we spend time with the One it comes from.
Before this year, I had never really concerned myself with reading the gospel. I mean, I would read devotionals but when it actually came to reading the Bible I would make SO many excuses. It was just so convenient to say that I would do it tomorrow and that I was already doing enough. My word for this year is devotion and I committed to read the Bible in a year. Although it’s going to take me a little longer than a year, being consistent in reading the ACTUAL bible has changed my relationship with God. Through this I feel more equipped to handle certain situations and guide others with sound advice. I’ve started to see that advice no longer becomes my own but the Lord guiding others through me.
Wisdom isn’t something you have based on your IQ or social status. That’s the beauty of it! It is a quality of having and giving sound judgment. We vastly underestimate how important wisdom is in the world. We are often consumed with the importance of money, status, relationships and even intelligence. But wisdom? Nah. The Bible however, talks about its importance many, many times.
Proverbs 8:10-11 says, “Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.” Having wisdom is far more important in life than riches. And through seeking His wisdom we will be blessed.
I think back to many times my friends and family have asked for advice. Did I use scripture to back up my advice? Did I pray about the advice I gave someone? As a human, I am tempted to take the easy route, to give people advice that makes them feel better or really make myself feel better to get out of a tough conversation – can I get an amen? But in those times that I have been genuine with people and given them sound judgment based on what I know from our Father, those are the times when wisdom’s importance shines through. In James 3:17 it says, “The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” I think that perfectly sums up how we should follow through in our relationships with others. Wisdom is how you form ultimate relationships, build trust, and set the foundations for a healthy life.
In this same way that we as Christians are to give wisdom, it is important to be careful with how we receive wisdom. I would love to say that I have all the answers, but sadly I do not. Not even most of the time.
Not only do we receive wisdom from our Father, but it is also important to surround ourselves with others that are fellow wisdom seekers. Those people who will also have hard conversations with us are invaluable; they are also more precious than rubies! They will challenge us in our faith and not take the easy route when we ask for guidance in tough situations. I can think back to a handful of friends who were brave enough to give me sincere advice when I could not come to terms with things on my own. I am incredibly blessed by them every day.
So to recap, the Lord wants us seek wisdom through Him and surround ourselves with others who are also seeking Him, even though it takes time and sacrifice. And through this searching for wisdom we will be blessed and in turn can share this blessing with others.