Proverbs 3:13-18 says, "Happy is the person who finds wisdom and gains understanding. For the profit of wisdom is better than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing that you desire can compare with her. She offers you life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her, happy are those who hold her tightly. (NLT)
Several years ago, I kept having this recurring dream and in this dream I was spitting teeth out of my mouth, more teeth than I actually had. This dream really troubled me because I knew it was from God, but I didn't understand it and I needed to know what God was trying to tell me.
One day I was watching the Joni Show on Daystar Television and she had a guest on by the name of John Paul Jackson and he interprets dreams. Well, someone had submitted a dream and it was similar to mine (loose teeth/spitting out teeth) and what he told the writer just blew my mind, but I knew in my heart he was right. He said, "you have been rejecting Wisdom from God". I felt so convicted in my spirit, all I could do was repent (change my thinking), I knew what it was pertaining to and I could no longer deny it or justify it. I asked God to forgive me and I have not had a dream like that since.
Now, I really do try to make it a priority to seek out Godly Wisdom/Counsel. I don't always know what to do or what is right or even what to say about a particular situation, but I do know that there are others who can see things differently based upon their life experiences, age, gender, but more importantly their relationship with Christ. YES!, I do have my own personal relationship with Christ, but as you may know our thinking may sometimes become a little cloudy and we don't see everything that we need to see.
The inspiration for this post came about when I was given some Godly Wisdom about a particular matter. Just recently I asked this person for feedback on a certain thing and the response that I received was not the response I was expecting. Have you ever felt like the life had just been sucked right out of you?, well that's how I felt, thank God it didn't take root. If I had allowed Satan to have his way, I would have blown everything out of proportion, my attitude would have been wrong, I would have possibly damaged a friendship, I would have rejected God's Wisdom, and I would have to deal with the consequences of my actions. With that being said, it makes absolutely no sense to ask someone's advice and not listen and think on it.
As I continued to listen to what was being said, I knew without doubt that God was speaking through that individual. Not one time was I made to feel condemned or disrespected or stupid, I actually felt encouraged and loved and I was also reminded that the final decision was mine to make.
* Also, be aware, that the practical wisdom of God is taught in two ways, by our words, by our talk and also by our walk - by the way we live our lives. Our walk encompasses all that we do and say and all that we don't do and don't say.*
Proverbs 1:7 says, "Fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Only fools despise wisdom and discipline". (NLT)
The World's Wisdom is contrary to God's Wisdom, so know the difference. If someone is advising you in a way that does not line up with the Word of God, that is Worldly Wisdom. Godly Wisdom comes from a place of Love and Respect for you, not to harm you or keep you from succeeding in life, but it's to help you succeed in life, as God intended. I'm truly GRATEFUL to have people that I can go to and know that they will speak truth to me, it's real easy to go to someone that you know will tell you what you want to hear, but in the end it has no profit.
Wisdom is not something that you can buy or even earn, it's a gift from God and it's priceless and should be valued as such (1 Corinthians 12:8 To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another He gives the gift of special knowledge). Pride shuts the door to Wisdom. Pride says, "I have to have it my way, do it my way", it wants control. Sometimes we call it by another name, selfishness/arrogance/ego, but it's still pride. We've all "been there/done that" and later regretted not listening the to wise counsel that was given to protect us from heart ache, disappointment and the consequences that set us back in life.
Proverbs 15:22 says, "Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many counselors bring success". (NLT)
My advice to you, seek out Godly Council/Wisdom and also strive to be one who can give Godly Wisdom and you do that by meditating and studying on the word of God, applying His word and living His word,
"DO WHAT YOU KNOW". Hide the word of God in your heart, let it be a guide for your life, God's word will remain standing in the end and everything else will fall away.
*excerpt from "A Woman After God's Own Heart" by Elizabeth George
Until next time remember "You Are Blessed"