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Sunday Devotional: Pray for Wisdom

Wisdom 7:7-11

I prayed, and prudence was given me;
I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me.
I preferred her to scepter and throne,
and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her,
nor did I liken any priceless gem to her;
because all gold, in view of her, is a little sand,
and before her, silver is to be accounted mire.
Beyond health and comeliness I loved her,
and I chose to have her rather than the light,
because the splendor of her never yields to sleep.
Yet all good things together came to me in her company,
and countless riches at her hands.

Wisdom is defined as:

  • “The ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight (Dictionary.com).
  • “Capacity of judging rightly in matters relating to life and conduct; soundness of judgement in the choice of means and ends” (Oxford English Dictionary)

In other words, wisdom isn’t simply intelligence or knowledge. It is the ability to use our intelligence, knowledge, and experiences to think and act and make choices that are beneficial and productive.

Wisdom is considered to be an important, if not the most important, virtue by many traditions:

  • The ancient Greeks personified wisdom as the goddesses Metis and Athena.
  • The ancient Romans personified wisdom in Minerva, who represents skillful knowledge and the virtues, especially chastity.

In Christianity, wisdom is one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit:

  • The book of Proverbs, believed to have been written by King Solomon, primarily focuses on wisdom, giving direction on how to handle our relationship with God; the viccissitudes of life — of marriage, finances, work, friendships and persevering in difficult situations.
  • St. Paul said there is both secular and divine wisdom, and urged us to pursue the latter: “the wisdom of this world is folly with God” -1 Corinthians 3:19. 
  • St. Thomas Aquinas considered wisdom to be the “father” — the cause, measure, and form — of all virtues.

In the past, U.S. public school teachings included character education, which Benjamin Franklin called training in wisdom and virtue. Sadly, along with the Constitution and America’s founding history (see “Only 1 in 3 Americans could pass a U.S. citizenship test”), our taxpayers-funded schools no longer teach and instill character and wisdom.

King Solomon believed wisdom comes from God and begins with fear of God:

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

“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding” -Proverbs 2:6.

“He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones” -Proverbs 2:7-8.

Pray to God for wisdom!

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” -Proverbs 3:5-6.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” -James 1:5

May the peace and love and wisdom of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: Are you prepared?

Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus told his disciples this parable:
“The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins
who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
Five of them were foolish and five were wise.
The foolish ones, when taking their lamps,
brought no oil with them,
but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps.
Since the bridegroom was long delayed,
they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
At midnight, there was a cry,
‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.
The foolish ones said to the wise,
‘Give us some of your oil,
for our lamps are going out.’
But the wise ones replied,
‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you.
Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’
While they went off to buy it,
the bridegroom came
and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him.
Then the door was locked.
Afterwards the other virgins came and said,
‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’
But he said in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’
Therefore, stay awake,
for you know neither the day nor the hour.


The above passage from Matthew 25 is a sobering reminder of our mortality — that our time on this mortal coil is short and fleeting.
Both wisdom and prudence mean being careful, exercising good judgment in avoiding risks and hazards, and learning from our mistakes. So be wise, be prepared, and make sure there is “oil” in our “lamps,” for we know “neither the day nor the hour” of our end.

Wisdom 6:12, 15

Resplendent and unfading is wisdom,
and she is readily perceived by those who love her,
and found by those who seek her….
For taking thought of wisdom is the perfection of prudence,
and whoever for her sake keeps vigil
shall quickly be free from care….


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May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,
~Eowyn

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