In His Word 8/14/2012

Gaining wisdom as we grow is something I figured would be a given when I was younger. We read our books, we study in school and get wiser right?
Not necessarily. Reading through Ecclesiastics this summer I found that wisdom does not necessarily keep you from making ignorant or foolish choices; Solomon the wise king informed us in the end of the book that all the wisdom in the world does not help you unless you use it for God's glory.
Gaining riches seems like a really great idea too. If only I were rich my kids could have brand new cars, go to the best University of their choice, I could hire a maid, a driver to drive my hubby to an elaborate office that he only had to boss over people who did the busy work and the bossing over others. He would have the best crew to work with because he would have chosen the best employees. If we were rich we could take our time hiring and study who needs employment enough to really do a good quality job. He would have a garden to walk in each day if things got stressful and spend time taking with God to give him peace.
Yep, riches would be great! Accept, we read of several kings who tried to be rich, who wanted to be the best and what happened? They fell.

One such king ended up eating grass like a cow.
Each day we need to stop and think about what it is that God has for us; not to ask Him for what we want from Him.
When I was my father’s son, tender and the only one in the sight of my mother, He also taught me, and said to me: Let your heart retain my words;keep my commands, and live. Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. Proverbs 4:3-8

We must use wisdom in the path we take each day; one leads to fruitfulness the other to destruction. 
The Word of God tells us that we need to get wisdom, so that is good but with it we are to get understanding. In that understanding we find that we are to not get our own understanding but to understand the wisdom of the Lord. In doing this we just may find the secret to life love and other mysteries!
Just because you have wisdom do not think you have it all. Jesus was full of wisdom and knowledge and all kinds of good words and yet the people rejected him thinking he was being above his stature.
Matthew 11 tells us that even though Jesus was the son of God he had to deal with peoples snobbery and bad attitudes. He used that wisdom that He had to deal with them.

How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. Proverbs 16:16
As I prepare for the year of High Schooling my homeschooler I am asking God for wisdom in what I teach, what I add on the side that will draw us from the home part of study to the group settings and the world itself distracting us from the main focus. I have to choose wisely when I pick the courses with my high-school student. My College aged adult children do the same, they have the choice to choose wisely and get understanding of the subject matter they need for their degrees or to choose foolishly and pick courses that will be useless.
When we choose our plans for the day it is no less important than the choice of courses we choose.
When we choose to follow God's plan in any of the above topics we will choose right.
How do I find God's plan for my day, life or existence?
The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like will driven nails, given by one Shepherd. And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all. Ecclesiastics 12:11-13
A wise little boy once told me a memory verse that said it clear and simple;
The Word of the Lord is right, and you should know about God, you should love Him and make Him be in your Heart”. Daniel W. age 4
That is it, the meaning of life, the direction finding map work, the guidance from the Lord. You should love, know about God and make Him a part of your life. In this little boys words come the wisdom many still seek today.

Are you seeking God's wisdom?
Read the Word.
Are you looking to hear from Him for guidance?
Read the Word and Pray.
Are you wanting to know why you exist?
Pray, Read the Word, and pray again.
He will direct you and guide you in all that you do but you must do this part.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not in your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path, your life, you ways, your days!
If and when we give over and allow God to be our boss, our director, our guide, our parent then we can follow the way He wants us to go, and we can know our purpose.
Then we can know what real wisdom is all about.

Dear heavenly Father, thank you for the wisdom of Solomon and the other wise people in the Word you have left for us to read. Give us direction in our lives through our prayers and reading each day and help us to truly know what our purposes are and what to do about it. In Jesus name, amen.
Suggested Readings: Proverbs 4:1-27 , Matthew 11:1-55, Ecclesiastics 12:1-14