i’ve been enthralled with proverbs before but usually i cannot get past the first few chapters. not that i stopped, just that i kept reading chapters one and two over and over. they.. well,… enthrall me.
recently my passion for proverbs has been renewed and now i have committed to reading it through in a month (if i can only get past those precious first few chapters!!!).
i think i love these passages because it deals with matters i have held so dear throughout my life. i’ve always placed a (probably unhealthy?) value on intellect – madly desiring to be viewed as intelligent, rather than promoted for looks. i remember flinching when my dad used to tell people how ‘cute’ i was, while never once indicating that i was a smart girl. and so i spent a good part of my life thirsting – no, lusting – to be recognized for my intelligence.
well, God says, you want wisdom? you wanna be a smart girl? here it is:
wisdom 101 bundled right inside My Word
and you know, not once in proverbs does it say the wise shall be promoted for their wisdom, the smart shall be recognized as so.
seek wisdom and you shall find it. seek recognition… !? well, you get the idea.
proverbs 1:7 says
the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction
i love this. i love it because the course my life has taken in the past few months has been challenging and painful. but in an incredibly good way and i would never ever take it back if i could. but through the hard stuff, i still wanted to press on and keep taking what God was doling out knowing it was for my good. and i desperately sought his instruction.
could it be, then, that after all i fouled up, i am not a fool? that i am just a girl who had her eyes on herself all the while truly desiring to have her eyes fully on God? and that the past few months have been the result of those eyes beginning to shift upward?
it was hard. but i still desired wisdom and instruction. oh, praise Him, there continues to be hope for me.
but whoever listens to me will dwell secure
and will be at ease, without dread of disaster
i know that whatever comes my way is for good, for instruction and training. i know that true disaster will never befall me (for the only true disaster is separation from my God for whom i yearn). i can lose limbs, lose family, lose my appetite but i shall never, no not ever, lose my Father in heaven. this buoys me.
in my quest for knowledge may i remain faithful to the teachings laid out for us. and may i praise Him all of my days for giving me life and love and all the Word i need for a life well lived according to Him in glory.
Praise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!
Praise him for his mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness!
Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!
i noticed this started out about wisdom and ended up in praise. but isn’t that the way it should be? isn’t that the outpouring of what we are wise to?
the more we learn of our Lord,
the more we are heart-bent on praising Him.