As the new year begins, having a positive focus and direction can help us journey through each day with hope and strength. One idea that helps me is to choose a word for the week and contemplate what the Bible has to say about that word all week long. As I ponder my positive word for the week, I think about how the word can have an effect on both my life and my actions, and especially how I interact with others and the Lord. This week’s word is “Wisdom.” The book of Proverbs has quite a bit to say about wisdom: Consider the following passages:
For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones. Proverbs 3:7,8
Blessed are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding,
for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
She is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
those who hold her fast will be blessed. Proverbs 3:13-18
Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you. Proverbs 4:5,6
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10
Each of these verses motivates me to pursue wisdom – and not my own wisdom, but God’s wisdom. In pursuing wisdom I am ultimately pursuing God. Wisdom begins with Him. I want to know Him in a fresh and deeper way by studying His Word and spending time with him in prayer. How will you pursue wisdom this week?
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Join me each week as we consider a positive word and apply it to our daily living.