Monday, October 24, 2016

Wisdom and Insight

Daily Gratitude-Year 4 Day 295: Today, I am grateful we can find wisdom in "fear" and "insight" through the Holy Spirit.

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight." - Proverbs 9:10

Sometimes, we are unsure of the the right thing to say or do. Sometime, it is best to remain silent and pray. This simple scripture is rich. Wisdom and insight cannot be purchased. It must be gained and obtained. Some through a lifetime of experience. Other, a divine relationship adds to the coffers.

I always loved listening to stories around the family table. Grandpa and Dad enjoyed telling them. They enjoyed a story more than a song or even reading a book. Paul Harvey was a highlight of any given day as he told, "the rest of the story". I have rich memories around the kitchen tables. It is where we often sat long after a meal was complete as there were stories to share. There is an education that comes in storytelling that sticks in our heads more than a word we read on a page. Stories get written on our hearts.

Humans can gain knowledge and wisdom several ways. Through education and experience... and through divine relationship and instruction. Both are valuable and have their place. What is always intriguing to me is when a human acts outside of "common sense" because of a relationship with a mighty and personal Lord.

The word "fear" can include trepidation... as it should, when encountering the Master of the Universe, but it is more than that. It is respect. It is the knowledge that His love is true and a little wild. He is full of adventures for those who are willing to step outside of their comfort zones.

I recently heard a cardiologist tell how he was once the master of the surgery theater. A changed relationship with Jesus took him on "one little mission trip" to a poverty stricken country. He met Jesus in "the margins" of society and really gained knowledge and insight. He felt a different kind of fulfillment than he had ever experienced. Now, he practices medicine as a way to make a living so that he can spend his resources in service to the sick and weary.
Education and knowledge meet wisdom and insight.

Today, I am grateful we can find wisdom in "fear" and be granted "insight" through the Holy Spirit.

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