Solomon, (and other wise men) in his book of Proverbs implore their readers to get wisdom. ALOT. They tell us that many times throughout this book. In fact, all of Chapter 8 is about Wisdom. It started out in yesterday’s verses with a question to us:
Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?Proverbs 8:1
By the way, I love that the writer referred to wisdom in the feminine, don’t you? But to be honest, sometimes, when I read the Proverbs, I feel like a complete and utter failure. I oftentimes screw it up. Spend my money on the latest and greatest supplements, programs, and products, thinking that’s the “wise” choice. I teeter down a path of ideas that lead to just something else to quit later, thinking it was a “wise” idea. I “think” this is what “God is calling me to do” with my life…wisdom, right? Only later to see that I wasted yet another few weeks and dollars on a frivolous idea.
Like this one time, back when the kids were young, I was looking for a small business idea. I wanted a career that I could make money at and still stay at home. Somewhere, I saw about how much money I could make with vending machines. The profit margin was huge….think about it, a big box of gumballs cost about $10 and had a bazillion gumballs in it. Each one sells for a quarter. Boom! Tons of money! I remembered as a kid I knew a girl, whose dad and mom had vending machines. They’d travel around town filling those machines up. I remember seeing all those boxes of yumminess and drooling as a kid. So I thought, if they could do it, so could I!!
So, I invested a bunch of money in to machines that I got on Ebay. But, I was wise, right? I wasn’t just going to buy a bunch of candy until I had the buy in from places that agreed to let me put my machines in their shop. (see I’m smart like that) Anyway, when I got my machines I piled them in my car, and drove around to businesses in the area pleading to put my machines in their operations.
Can you say #bigfail? Nobody. NO BODY. Not even one place gave me the time of day. I really did (well kinda) give it my best shot, but no one allowed me to put my candy machines in their place.
I wonder if the places that I went to “get Wisdom” were actually handing out AKA selling Wisdom at all? Maybe, JUST MAYBE, they were actually just selling gumball machines. Ugh. Misled again.
So, perhaps the internet isn’t the place to get wisdom. uh oh, am I shooting myself in the foot here? My blog is on the internet! Wait! Don’t stop reading! Please. I give you my word, that the direction I am pointing you here, is to the direction of getting Wisdom. TRUE Wisdom. Lets circle around with the verse that I started out with. It says, “I love those who love me,….” Who’s the “I” in this sentence, its Wisdom. Who is that? Who is this Wisdom?
So before the creation of the earth, Wisdom was given birth.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty and darkness was over the surface of the deep and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.Genesis 1:1
This Wisdom is the Spirit of God….who later was with God when God said in Gn 1:26 “Let US make mankind in our image, in our likeness….” The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is Wisdom. Not the guy selling stuff on youtube.
Boys and girls, Jesus is Wisdom. Jesus loves those who love Him and those who seek Him find Him. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33. Back in my gumball machine days, I was so worried about my kids, money, always worried if I was “doing the right thing”. I honestly think I caused myself more stress with money by “investing” in the THINGS that I thought I was supposed to be doing.
Lord, forgive me when I chase after things, instead of chasing after You. Help me and my readers to understand what it means to love you and seek you. That feels so foggy when money is tight or the kids are demanding. We believe your word when you say that you were here before the beginning of time, but how does that apply to us today? When my heart and those of my readers get restless and are seeking answers guide us to what is the true delight of our heart. I thank you Lord, that you rescued me from the gumball machine debacle, what a mess I got myself into that time chasing after pipe dreams. I thank you that you took my mess and turned it around for the good, as you promise you will. I pray that any reader that might stumble upon this writing find comfort in knowing that You make all things good for those who love you.
Have you ever fallen for a false promise of hope that has led to a mess? Can I pray for you in that situation?
How are you seeking Wisdom? Is it in the right place?
Are you seeking worldly riches or are you seeking enduring prosperity?
Is God asking you to take a leap of faith? I want you to know that the gumball machine mess actually did turn out for the good, in the long run. If you would like more information about how God made that into good, comment below, and I am happy to share that testimony.