Proverbs 8:12 (NLT)
“I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment.I know where to discover knowledge and discernment.
Proverbs 8:12 (ESV)
“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
and I find knowledge and discretion.
I have sat here for the past few hours just staring at this verse, just wondering, what kind of depth can I explore from this verse? I understand from it that wisdom brings you good judgement, character, and that wisdom can find you knowledge and a plan, direction. I keep wondering how I can better understand this to be able to apply this in my life and more so, I keep looking for a deeper hidden meaning.
In my mind, I keep going back to Wile E. Coyote and Team Rocket from Pokemon. I picture Wile. E. Coyote as he is always chasing The Road Runner. Wile E., as far as we know, has spent his whole life chasing The Road Runner but he never seems to capture The Road Runner. Time after time again, he fails. His plans never work, in fact they always seem to backfire on him to bring us comic relief. As a spectator looking in, we know that Wile E. Coyote will never actually catch The Road Runner, but Wile E. doesn’t know that and so he will continue to spend the rest of his life chasing something he will never achieve.
I can’t help but imagine that how we see Wile E. Coyote always chasing The Road Runner, is the same way God sees us when we start pursuing desires without God’s wisdom and direction. In Proverbs 8:12 we see that wisdom dwells with good judgement and common sense, they live together! And like any good roommate, you tend to know much more about your roommate than you care to know. Wisdom knows good judgement and finds knowledge and direction. If Wale E. Coyote were to catch The Road Runner he should seek wisdom first, and wisdom can teach him the direction he needs to finally catch The Road Runner.
If there is something you desire, give it to God. Seek Him and His wisdom. Pray about it, never stop praying for it.
Luke 11:11-13 (NIV)
“Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Think about that for a minute. Do you believe this is true, why or why not? In your own life, have you seen this to be true or has it been more of something to make you feel good? Why? Last question, before asking God for whatever you desire, have you seeked His wisdom first in pursuing your desire? Have you asked God if maybe He has something better for you in store? Have you asked for His advice?
I often think we give up on prayer because we ask for things from God before seeking His wisdom. And so, we result in asking for things that really aren’t beneficial for us. Maybe that fish you are asking for is really a snake, but because of our blindness we can’t recognize it. Maybe that egg is a scorpion? Maybe that job will take away time from your family and from God? Maybe that boy/girl will result in you being distracted from God? Maybe that raise will cause you to put your trust in money? You get the picture? We often don’t realize what we are asking for.
Seek God first, for God will give you wisdom and wisdom dwells with good judgement and wisdom will teach you the path to take. We can’t always see the right path because we are blinded by our own temporary satisfactions, but God sees the bigger picture.