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By David Jeremiah

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Think of the last time you faced a sudden or simply unexpected difficulty. Perhaps a tough decision led to even tougher consequences, or a relationship imploded and you were left to pick up the pieces. Maybe a loved one was called home to heaven and you feel lost without them. Trials can evoke all sorts of emotions in our heart—chaos, fear, despair, anxiety, hopelessness. 

We all hope for lasting happiness and peace, and they are available through the wisdom God graciously gives to us. Our ability to experience serenity in the midst of trials can indicate how much wisdom we have acquired. It can be thought of as the difference between trying to solve all our problems on our own and entrusting them to God’s care.

Throughout Proverbs 8, Solomon gives a voice to wisdom. He pleads with his son to obey wisdom’s voice, and he promises that obedience will lead to knowledge and the understanding to handle the most difficult things in life with care and discernment.

Consider his words in Proverbs 8:10-36. 

Receive my instruction, and not silver,
And knowledge rather than choice gold;
For wisdom is better than rubies,
And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.
“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
And find out knowledge and discretion.
The fear of the Lord is to hate evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way
And the perverse mouth I hate.
Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom;
I am understanding, I have strength.
By me kings reign,
And rulers decree justice.
By me princes rule, and nobles,
All the judges of the earth.
I love those who love me,
And those who seek me diligently will find me.
Riches and honor are with me,
Enduring riches and righteousness.
My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold,
And my revenue than choice silver.
I traverse the way of righteousness,
In the midst of the paths of justice,
That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth,
That I may fill their treasuries.
The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way,
Before His works of old.
I have been established from everlasting,
From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.
When there were no depths I was brought forth,
When there were no fountains abounding with water.
Before the mountains were settled,
Before the hills, I was brought forth;
While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields,
Or the primal dust of the world.
When He prepared the heavens, I was there,
When He drew a circle on the face of the deep,
When He established the clouds above,
When He strengthened the fountains of the deep,
When He assigned to the sea its limit,
So that the waters would not transgress His command,
When He marked out the foundations of the earth,
Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman;
And I was daily His delight,
Rejoicing always before Him,
Rejoicing in His inhabited world,
And my delight was with the sons of men.
“Now therefore, listen to me, my children,
For blessed are those who keep my ways.
Hear instruction and be wise,
And do not disdain it.
Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at the posts of my doors.
For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favor from the Lord;
But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul;
All those who hate me love death.”

We, too, can have this kind of wisdom. The wisest man who ever lived left a written record of the advice he gave to his beloved son. Let’s learn from it. Let’s take to heart this passage of Proverbs and the prayer for wisdom. While we live in anticipation of eternity, we will gain the edge wisdom offers us, leading to a life of happiness and peace.

Dear Heavenly Father,

Your child comes before You,
seeking wisdom.

May You grant me the wisdom
to accomplish all that You
have put before me,
in Your strength and Your power,
with grace and humility
and solely for Your glory.

May You grant me the wisdom
to discern between good and evil,
in all that is around me,
in all that is within me
and to know only that which is holy.

May You grant me the wisdom
to love others as You do,
to understand their value fully,
to accept them unconditionally,
and to give of myself wholly.

May You grant me the wisdom
to treasure Your many blessings,
all that You have given me,
all that You have shown me,
and in gratitude, to live my life purely.

May You grant me the wisdom
that comes only from above—
Wisdom so divine,
yet wisdom that is mine,
and strongest when meek and lowly.


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