We continue at GateWay to delve into GRIT. This week we are challenged with being responsible for one’s own wisdom. It is interesting that this challenge is as relevant today as it was back when Solomon, inspired by the Holy Spirit, authored much of Proverbs. We are surrounded by smartphones, smart TVs, very soon self-driving smart cars and as of today, a store that is so smart you pick up whatever you need and leave. You don’t go through a checkout line and the cost is automatically charged. Ironically, our devices are “smarter” but by so many cultural and societal indicators we certainly are not wiser. For example, young people are eating laundry detergent packets and bragging about it on social media. Not to be outdone, adults can’t seem to work together and have forced the shutdown of the Federal Government.
One way to be responsible for your own wisdom and show your GRIT is to read the book of Proverbs daily and not only study but put into practice what is recorded. A simple plan is to read the chapter that corresponds to the day of the month. Today is January 22 so read chapter 22. One way to glean wisdom from the Proverbs is to pay attention to those passages that begin with “he who.” (Substituting “she who” works equally as well) What typically follows is great advice on what to do or not to do. Pastor Ed highlighted Proverbs 13:20 – He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm. Another great one is, He who guards his mouth and tongue, guards his soul from troubles. How many times have we said things without thinking or considering the impacts and have had to live with the fallout. A humorous favorite of mine is (especially before your friend has had their cup of coffee) He who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning, it will be reckoned a curse to him.
No one wants to be a curse or have a curse placed upon them. Seeking and living in wisdom is a sure way to avoid both. Despite the culture of entitlement that seems to be increasing, what will you do to be responsible for your own wisdom? One thing to do is to ask God. He will answer you every time you ask. Lean on the promise in the book of James: But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5) This is a guaranteed answer. Our task is to listen and obey.