Read: Proverbs 8
Key Verses: Proverbs 8:22-31. “The Lord formed me from the beginning, before he created anything else. I was appointed in ages past, at the very first, before the earth began. I was born before the oceans were created, before the springs bubbled forth their waters. Before the mountains were formed, before the hills, I was born - before he had made the earth and fields and the first handfuls of soil. I was there when he established the heavens, when he drew the horizon on the oceans. I was there when he set the clouds above, when he established springs deep in the earth. I was there when he set the limits of the seas, so they would not spread beyond their boundaries. And when he marked off the earth’s foundations, I was the architect at his side. I was his constant delight, rejoicing always in his presence. And how happy I was with the world he created; how I rejoiced with the human family!”
Devotional: Have you ever watched someone struggle to do something while they refuse to ask for help? Maybe someone changing a tire? Maybe someone struggling to open a jar? As you sit and watch you laugh to yourself as you think, “Why wouldn’t they just ask for help?” The situation turns from laughter to minor frustration on your part as you continue to watch them struggle knowing full well that you are not only capable of helping but you are in fact an expert in what they’re struggling with. You may even offer to help but you’re immediately refused and given the standard reply of, “I got this, I just need a minute.” Frustrating right? Why would someone refuse help from someone who knows exactly what to do? Why would someone exhaust every other option before eventually giving in? Don’t they know that they are only making things harder for themselves?
If we’re honest this very situation describes our lives on many levels. Too often we allow the wisdom of God in our lives to become a secondary, last minute, plan B kind of thought. We map things out according to our best line of reasoning and our current resources and then run that route until we hit a dead end. Once we hit the wall, we may scrabble together another plan or two before we eventually find ourselves banging our heads again the wall in frustration. Only when we’re at the end of our ropes do we turn to seek the wisdom and knowledge that God possesses for our current situation.
According to Proverbs 8 wisdom has been around since the beginning. Before the earth began, before the oceans were filled, before the mountains burst forth, before the horizon. As the clouds were set in place, when the springs were established, when the foundations of the earth were set. Wisdom was there.
Imagine having access to wisdom that predates us. Imagine having access to wisdom that’s been around since the beginning of time. Imagine having access to wisdom, the same wisdom that laid the foundations of the earth. Can we just agree that foundation laying, earth creating, ocean filling, cloud setting, mountain making wisdom is far better than anything we can come up with?
Let’s make a commitment to seek His wisdom for our lives first. Before we bang our heads against the wall again, before we cry ourselves to sleep again, before we lose another relationship, let’s look to Him. He has the answer.
Take Action: Make a list of the situations in your life right now where you are in need of God’s wisdom. What kind of “I got this, I just need a minute.” moments have you had with God in the past? What would it look like to yield to God’s wisdom first before hitting the brick wall in your life?
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