Possesors of Wisdom

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 9

Gold Nugget
Verse 12a: 
If you are wise, you are wise for yourself,

Commentary
There’s an old saying, “Better felt than dealt”. Another says, “You’d had to been there.” And again another says, “Until you’ve walked in my shoes.” Some things can’t be described. There are also things that you cannot be convinced of until you have experienced them yourself.  Wisdom is a personal possession. I would be careful of saying that except for how clear the scriptures are about how we should view it. We are told all throughout Proverbs that we should pursue wisdom like silver, gold or rubies. Find it as hidden treasure, obtain it and keep it. It is a possession that is gained through personal sacrifice and commitment. Through diligence and perseverance it is obtained. Once it has been caught or captured, it belongs to the captor. It cannot be passed through genes or sold in the market place. It can’t be given away or stolen. It is a reward from God and only the diligent find it. When you find it, it is yours and only yours. As today’s “gold nugget” says, If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, Those of you that have tried with passion to pass your wisdom on to others only to see them drop it on the ground by their feet and walk on into foolishness can attest to this truth. To those that have given wise advice to some that have taken it and spared themselves harm, don’t be deceived. You did not pass on to them wisdom. You passed onto them council. If they accepted and applied your council, it is because of their own wisdom that they possessed in order to receive your council. Make sure that they (and not you) are acknowledged for taking your council as a result of their own wisdom. Your wisdom is wisdom whether it is accepted or rejected. The wise can only pass wise council from one possessor of wisdom to another. As weird as all this sounds, I believe there is a MASSIVE learning and eye-opening opportunity here for us. Recognizing wise people in your life creates opportunities for amazing spiritual encounters between God’s people. This is by His design and we partake of His Master plan when we operate in this arena. This is regardless of whether you are on the receiving or giving end of wise council.

Prayer
Lord, just as Elijah thought he was the last of the prophets that hadn’t bowed down to other Gods, we are just as foolish if we think that we are the only ones that posses wisdom. Help us to engage with one another in wisdom and profit from what you have given each of us.  Amen

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