Sunday, July 22, 2018

Weekend Inspiration-Wisdom and Common Sense

Wisdom Is A Female Trait

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Don't be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Proverbs 3:7 (New Living Translation)

Have two goals: wisdom-that is, knowing and doing right--and common sense. Don't let them slip away, For they fill you with living energy, and are a feather in your cap. 
Proverbs 3:21-22 (Living Psalms and Proverbs)

Cling to wisdom-she will protect you. Love her-she will guard you.  
Proverbs 4:6 (Living Psalms and Proverbs)

I spent quite a bit of time today reading in Proverbs. I often turn to scriptures from this book when I am seeking answers and direction. Today, I was specifically looking for clarification for my writing life and, as with all aspects of my life, I turn to the Bible. I was drawn today to scriptures which specifically spoke to wisdom. It is always amazing to me how God points me in the right direction when I need it. I was also interested to see two other things pop out in these scriptures: the fact that wisdom is tied to common sense. And the fact that wisdom is given a female gender. 

I can't turn on the TV these days and hear all that is going on in our world without wondering what has happened to wisdom and, specifically, common sense. I won't get political here, but I'm sure you know whereof I speak. It gets a little depressing, I can tell you. The scriptures tell us that if we have wisdom and cling to it we are guarded and protected. But, we must fear the Lord and turn from evil. We must not be impressed by ourselves. We may think we are "smart" in the world's view and have all the answers, but we really don't. Only the Lord does. 
Wisdom is not just about knowing what is right, but also doing it. The two go hand in hand. As a Christian, I must ask myself this question: am I doing what I know is right?  And that can only come through time spent with the Lord, praying and reading scripture. 

We are told that wisdom and common sense will fill us with living energy. There is a freedom that comes in knowing that we are doing what is right. It feels "good" and "right" to us instead of feeling negative. 

I was impressed that wisdom was given a female gender in Proverbs when most of this book addresses "My son" or "Young Men."  Somehow, it feels good to have wisdom take on a feminine side. Perhaps that is what our world needs more of now-feminine wisdom, feminine leadership and feminine common sense. 

Today, as a writer, as a woman, I remember to be not wise in my own eyes-but to look for God's wisdom and common sense in my life. 

What are your thoughts on wisdom and common sense? Please feel free to share in a kind and thoughtful manner. 



Karen said...

I like to think that as I've gotten older, I have become more wise. Sure seems so. Common sense, seems either you have it or you don't. I'm not wise apart from God, that is the truth. Any wisdom comes from lessons learned and living life, and now with God walking with me. I think we have to ask for wisdom, and then get ready to learn the lessons! Not sure why wisdom is referred to as female, but I've found that interesting.

Sharon said...

I agree with you, Debbie, that the world could use feminine wisdom, leadership, and common sense. With the world often in such uproar, I believe that women who try to live through kindness, loving wisdom, and common sense make a difference, even if it's just a small difference. Putting together a lot of small differences could add up to a large difference in our world.