Monday, September 04, 2006

Proverbs 2 - Lady Wisdom and the journey of life

In Proverbs 2, verses 10 and 11, it says

"Lady Wisdom will be your close friend,
and Brother Knowledge your pleasant companion.
Good Sense will scout ahead for danger,
Insight will keep an eye out for you."

If we are going on a journey, who better to accompany us than Lady Wisdom and her friends Brother Knowledge, Good Sense and Insight.

In the early part of this chapter Solomon talks about how they keep us on the right track, versus others who will try their best to detour us from this path -- traveling paths that go nowhere,
wandering in a maze of detours and dead ends.

Have you ever been on a trip without a map or a GPS system? As you travel the road you thought you knew, you find only detours and dead ends. Frustrating isn't it? Particularly if you were seeking advice and got poor directions.

This chapter is about surrounding yourself with good advisors. Listen to those that are Godly and can provide not only information, but can translate that information into wisdom. Look for those that use good sense and can provide insight into the natural things that happen in your life -- those that look to the end of the journey, not just the fun along the way.

There is always a path between two points that is the fastest and that path is generally straight, although there may be deviations that are necessary to get from point A to point B (such as going around a mountain). There are times when it is ok to take the scenic route (when there are no time pressures), and there are other times when you must just take the fastest route because time is of the essence.

There is also the issue of your skill level in how you get from one point to another. A mountain climber might elect to go over the mountain, whereas someone who didn't know how to safely repel and climb or who didn't have the right equipment (e.g. adequate oxygen) should take the longer way around.

In any event, to sum up Solomon's advice in Chapter 2:

20-22 So—join the company of good men and women,
keep your feet on the tried-and-true paths.
It's the men who walk straight who will settle this land,
the women with integrity who will last here.
The corrupt will lose their lives;
the dishonest will be gone for good.

Lord, today may I focus on Lady Wisdom and selecting people who walk straight and have integrity to follow as I made the decisions in the coming days about our business. Give me common sense and insight as I ponder my choices.

Keep your hand on the kids as they continue to pursue knowledge in school this week. Let them hunger and thirst after wisdom.

Chicke Fitzgerald
Chicke Fitzgerald

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