Honey & Wisdom

Vector Illustration of Honey ElementsI love local homegrown honey the best. I actually like all kinds of honey. I like a lot of things that feature honey as the ingredient. I’ve been told that by eating local honey it will help relieve some of my allergies. I’m not sure if that is an “old wives tale” or truth, but I like honey.   King Solomon uses honey for a teachable moment. Check this out….

13 Eat honey, my son, for it is good;

    honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
14 Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
 
   if you find it, there is a future hope for you,

    and your hope will not be cut off. (Proverbs 23:13-14 NIV)

 

I want honey for my soul (aka wisdom).  I want to keep my soul healthy before the Lord. I want to continue to grow my soul through the study of God’s Word. I want to feed my soul wisdom that comes from Him. The Wisdom that the Lord gives is often beyond my ability to understand, but I want to be obedient to His instruction. I want to trust Him even when I don’t understand the reason behind the prompting.  At the end of the day I want to be counted wise because I know Him!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Keep Quiet

girl gesturing silence saying shh using her hand - concept vectoThere are times when I don’t know what to say or I don’t have anything to contribute to the conversation. I realize just how much I can learn if I just keep quiet. If I keep quiet when it’s just me and one other person then that will be a bit frustrating. A couple of guys and I were working on some props for our High School Band half-time show the other day. These guys know how to build. They were talking about the plans and at times I thought they were talking a different language. Once we started building, I understood part of the previous conversation. I have been known to talk a lot because I’m in Real Estate SALES! I do need to know what I’m talking about before I start talking. Check this out…

27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint,

    and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,

    and discerning if they hold their tongues. (Proverbs 17:27-28 NIV)

 

I have learned to admit when I don’t know something and then do the research for the answer. I think learning is a part of growing wiser. I don’t ever want to stop learning.  I have a senior partner in Real Estate who has over 40 years of experience and I’ve learned so much by simply asking questions of him. He gives wisdom and insight into the most complex situation as well as simple issues. Some of the best education I’ve received didn’t happen in a classroom – it happened when I was listening to someone more experienced and wiser than me. I’m going to hush now and listen.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Precious & Priceless


1 MTgwMzI5LmpwZw==There are valuable possessions – then there are priceless possessions. I’ve seen some beautiful pieces of jewelry, art, and furniture that very precious and rare. It seems that everything around me has a price point value. Everything can be purchased for some amount of money. For example, the violin that was reportedly played on the Titanic as it sank, brought $1.7 Million at auction in 2013. I would call that rare, but not priceless.

The Proverb writer speaks of something that is both precious and priceless. Check this out….

10 Choose my instruction instead of silver,

    knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies,

    and nothing you desire can compare with her.
12 ‘I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;

    I possess knowledge and discretion.
13 To fear the Lord is to hate evil;

    I hate pride and arrogance,

    evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine;

    I have insight, I have power.
17 I love those who love me,

    and those who seek me find me.
18 With me are riches and honor,

    enduring wealth and prosperity.
19 My fruit is better than fine gold;

    what I yield surpasses choice silver. (Proverbs 8:10-14;17-19 NIV)

 

As I was reading this this morning, I realized that are actually a few things that are priceless in my world. I tried to name them:

–       Love of God
–       Wisdom
–       Knowledge
–       Health
–       Family
–       Someone to love
–       Being Loved by someone
–       Safety
–       Insight
–       Understanding
 

This could end up being a long list. There are lots of things that aren’t there. Not one of those things are related to material possessions. Wealth can’t by any of those things.  I want to be wealthy in eternal things rather than material things! Knowing the Lord is precious and priceless.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

 

Wisdom Hs Benefits

Key for benefitsI think wisdom is a continuing work in progress. I will describe wisdom as: “the quality of having experience, knowledge and good judgment; the quality of being wise.” I do believe for the most part, as I get older, I get wiser. I think life experiences alone can give me wisdom that a young inexperienced person doesn’t possess just yet.  I want wisdom that comes from the Creator of it. Check this out….

1My son, if you accept my words

    and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom

    and applying your heart to understanding—
3 indeed, if you call out for insight

    and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver

    and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
 
   and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;

    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He holds success in store for the upright,

    he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless…. (Proverbs 2:1-7 NIV)

 

Wisdom is not hard to find. I think sometimes it might be hard to apply. It’s not always easy to hear advice and instruction from someone else wiser or more experienced than me. I would be wise to weigh that council carefully. I need to keep my ego in check when it comes to attaining wisdom. My ego can be a roadblock to wisdom since I “know it all anyway”. I want my heart to be teachable as long as I live.  Check this out…

10 For wisdom will enter your heart,

    and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you,

    and understanding will guard you. (Proverbs 2:10-11 NIV)

 

I would love to be known as a person who lives my life walking in the wisdom that comes from God. I want to represent Him well. I want the whole of my life to benefit from the wisdom of God deep inside my heart and soul.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Embrace Wisdom

Senior Man - WisdomTo embrace something is to accept or support the belief, theory or change willingly and enthusiastically is at the heart of the word embrace. To embrace wisdom is the champion it…pursue it…study it…go for it daily. I believe that the pursuit of wisdom is a never-ending pursuit. I also believe that pursuit of God’s heart is also a never-ending pursuit. Check this out….

7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,

    but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction

    and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
9 They are a garland to grace your head

    and a chain to adorn your neck. (Proverbs 1:7-9 NIV)

 

I can’t imagine what my life would look like if I were not pursuing the Lord and the wisdom He gives. He is a NEVER ENDING Supply of Wisdom and Discernment. I look to His Word to give me insight into my life and journey. The journey with Him will one day fold into a destination of eternity. I would be wise to make fear and respect of the Lord a part of my daily pursuit.

The writer of the Proverbs, (mostly by King Solomon) were delivered for the sake of wisdom and discernment. The purpose of Proverbs are….

2 for gaining wisdom and instruction;

    for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,

    doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple,
    knowledge and discretion to the young—
5 let the wise listen and add to their learning,

    and let the discerning get guidance—
6 for understanding proverbs and parables,

    the sayings and riddles of the wise (Proverbs 1:2-6 NIV)

 

I want to continue my daily pursuit of the Lord’s Heart and His Way for me. I want to have the courage to walk in His Wisdom every day.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Beginning Of Wisdom

"Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path"
“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”

Wisdom is often overlooked because it comes from someone who is a bit older and more experienced. I used to define wisdom as the correct use of knowledge. While that is partially true, it is not complete.  I remember as a youngster, I sometimes resented someone with wisdom because they were “shooting down” and idea this bright young youth pastor had. I look back at the wisdom of some of those folks that I resented now and I understand clearly.  Wisdom is most definitely an excellent attribute to possess. It is also defined as “the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience.”

I came across a statement this morning that I’ve seen in the New Testament and I didn’t realize it was most likely a quote from King David. Check this out….

2 Great are the works of the Lord;

    they are pondered by all who delight in them.
3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds,

    and his righteousness endures forever.
4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered;

    the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;

   all his precepts are trustworthy.
8 They are established for ever and ever,

    enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
9 He provided redemption for his people;

    he ordained his covenant forever—

    holy and awesome is his name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

    all who follow his precepts have good understanding.

    To him belongs eternal praise. (Psalm 111:2-4;7-10 NIV)

 

I realized a good while back as I was getting old, that not all older people are wise. There are older and more experienced people who simply don’t know the Lord or live their life to honor Him. It shows in their lifestyle and their attitudes. They may have some amazing experiences to draw from but if they don’t seek the Lord, I really don’t consider them wise. The Lord God is the Source of all wisdom. He built me. He wired me. He loves me. He teaches me. He lives in me. I want to run after Him. I have met a lot of very young men who figured out that running after the heart of God is actually the Source of Wisdom. These are really wise young men. I wish I knew then what I know now about the beginning of wisdom.

Pressing On!
Dwayne