WISDOM? PRUDENCE? Really?
Are you running to the gym or cutting back on your calories because you have some special goals for the New Year? We are told in the Holy Scriptures that WISDOM is the thing we should most desire and seek for our lives. “That’s really odd,” one might lament, “I’m not certain I even know what wisdom is!” It is generally defined as “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.”
Read what Proverbs 8:4-12 says about WISDOM
…“To you, O people, I call,
and my cry is to all that live.
O simple ones, learn prudence;
acquire intelligence, you who lack it.
Hear, for I will speak noble things,
and from my lips will come what is right;
for my mouth will utter truth;
wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
All the words of my mouth are righteous;
there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
They are all straight to one who understands
and right to those who find knowledge.
1 Take my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold;
1 for wisdom is better than jewels,
and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
I, wisdom, live with prudence,[a]
and I attain knowledge and discretion…”
After reading this, it appears that a bank account or a super- fit body are not in the running for a happy life without wisdom. We are told to be prudent, which means to haveSo often we flirt with life without a serious thought to where choices will take us or deliver us in the end. Our resolves are mostly broken until next year, leaving us feeling empty and unfilled.
We will be wise as we consider our goals for the New Year by asking God to give us wisdom and prudence when dealing with life’s situations, our choices, and our goals. It is important to not only be given these qualities, but to have help in knowing when we have chosen wisdom in our decisions above all else. All in all, we are told that these attributes are better than “jewels” or riches. “NOTHING can compare” to having them in our lives.
Are you still saying “Really?” If we believe that the Holy Scriptures shows the right way to live and the goals we should seek in our lives, then YES, having wisdom in the New Year may be the best holiday gift one could receive. Silence your heart. Put aside all distractions and listen to that small, still voice of calm.
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