I remember a time when I was going through some deep waters in life. I was longing for answers.
I had a long road trip ahead of me so I grabbed my cellphone with the Bible App and clicked on “The Book of Proverbs”. Then I turned the audio version on and it began to read out loud to me while I drove. Miles and miles passed and chapters and chapters passed.
At times, I would pause the reading and think and consider my own ways. Or I would pray and say – “Yes Lord, help me to do this” or “Father, forgive me – I am so guilty of this!”
For 2 straight hours I listened and processed the entire book of Proverbs.
I was seeking wisdom for my situation.
Longing for answers.
I listened and listened and listened.
I did not find the exact answer to my issue that day but what I did find were principles to guide me in righteousness, flaws in my own life that were leading to some of my troubles, changes I needed to make, and most importantly wisdom and the presence of God for my deep waters of life.
John Piper writes:
If you have a choice between the Word of God and GOLD, choose the Word of God. If you have a choice between the Word of God and MUCH gold, choose the Word of God. If you have choice between the Word of God and much FINE gold, choose the Word of God.
The point is plain.
The benefits of knowing and doing the Word of God are greater than all that money can buy.
And so that brings us to today’s post!
I’m so excited to have another guest today to share her reflections on Proverbs 8! It is Bridget and she is a part of the Good Morning Girls Leadership Team.
Bridget has been married to her best friend for 14 years. Together they have 3 boys and 1 little girl. For the biggest part of her life Bridget has been concerned with what others thought of her marriage and how she was raising her children. It wasn’t until she realized that there is no such thing as a cookie cutter way to do things that she realized that she was never going to be perfect. That is when she started to view herself with grace. It was then and only then that motherhood and marriage both seemed to make sense.
Bridget lives in a small town in North Carolina and has all her life. She writes full time at Becoming A Godly Wife there she encourages women to be the best wives, mothers and children of God that we can possibly be. When she is not writing you can find Bridget curled up to a good book, playing with her children and stealing special stolen moments with her husband. You can follow Bridget on Twitter, Facebook, G+ and Instagram.
The GMG Verse of the Day
We all long for answers about life.
We all want to know why it is we have to go through certain trials or the reasons for our many struggles.
In the middle of all those twists and turns of life it is easy to forget that it’s in those moments we are actually living through things that will build our character and cause us to grow. We also seem to forget that it’s in these very trials and struggles that we are gaining wisdom.
You see in those moments, I developed wisdom that I can pass on to those around me, a closeness with God that I would not change for all the riches in the world and some much needed lessons in faith that I needed to grow in my own walk.
Proverbs 8:10-11 says:
Take my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold,
for wisdom is better than jewels,
and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
Following the path that God has laid out for us is not without bumps in the road. However, the lessons we receive during those bumpy times are worth more to us in the long run.
Choosing daily to follow God’s instructions and commandments should be the highest thing on our list of priorities. Not only because it is pleasing to our Heavenly Father but because in doing so, we are also gaining wisdom.
It is that wisdom that helps us in moments of despair, confusion and uncertainty.
These life experiences cause us to become rich with wisdom.
This is why it is so important to be in God’s Word daily, so we can gain the knowledge of God’s commandments that we need to apply to our own lives.
Proverbs 8:17 states:
I love those who love me,
and those who seek me find me.
In order to truly tap into all the love and blessings that God has for us, we must eagerly seek Him.
We must be willing to show reverence to Him by keeping His commandments even when the road gets hard. Not only is this an outward showing of how much we love God but it also causes changes within us.
Our devotion to not only study — but to live out God’s Word, allows Him to remind us and show us that He love us!!
He wants us to seek Him out.
He longs for us to surrender ourselves to Him.
He desires for us to seek out His wisdom.
James 1:5 states:
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
All we ever have to do is sincerely ask and God is more then happy to share His wisdom with us.
Finally, I leave you with these words from our reading this week.
Hear instruction and be wise,
and do not neglect it.
Blessed is the one who listens to me,
watching daily at my gates,
waiting beside my doors.
For whoever finds me finds life
and obtains favor from the Lord,
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
1.) Are you in a place where you are longing for answers? You are not alone. Perhaps share your concern here in the comments so the community can pray for you.
2.) Have you come through a time where you were longing for answers and God worked powerfully in your life? Share about how God came through and gave you the wisdom you needed for your difficult time.