Extracting Wisdom in Shaky Times

Posted by on Aug 10, 2009 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

I could not think of a more fitting title especially since I have my youngest on my mind. David is having his wisdom teeth extracted today. Poor guy. We will be in the throes of looking after him in his groggy state. Pray all goes well in the healing. I remember having mine taken out. A precious friend of mine and I managed to convince our mothers to let us room together in the hospital as plans were being made for our molar mayhem. My surgery went well. I was eating chocolate chip cookies that afternoon. My friend, on the other hand, did not fare so well. She was on soft food for several days. Nowadays, it’s a quick trip to the oral surgeon’s office and back home to bed.

You have a lesson today. Read Proverbs 2 and note some of the key words contained within: wisdom, knowledge, discernment, and understanding. Also, note that we are to cry out to God for these things, to lift up our voice for them. Note the condition at the beginning (see “if you”). See what happens at the end (see “so”).

It’s just so rich and such an applicable passage for us as we open the Bible to read and study it.

As I thought more about the speaking engagement flop I recalled a passage in Jeremiah 15:19, “Therefore thus says the Lord: ‘If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth. They shall turn to you, but you shall not turn to them.’ “

In order to utter what is precious (of God) you have to know what is precious. In order to know it, you need to be in the Word, straight up unabridged Word. Extract the precious from the worthless. I love that. How many times do we rely on what a friend says, or hot self-help book tip, or the latest song to be our mantra for the day? If we would instead seek to tuck a word from the Word of God into our hearts and minds that’s extracting the precious wisdom of God from His Word and replacing the foolishness of man with it.

So, go ahead. Read Proverbs 2.

How does this passage apply to you in light of the times in which we live? Anybody a little unsettled with the way the world is turning? Anybody unsettled for fear of what’s happening in our own country? Are you still wondering where to settle down for church? Have your loved ones moved and life as you know it is so different without them?

What benefit is there to knowing the Word? What precious pearls of wisdom within can you extract and remember throughout the days ahead as the Spirit, your resident teacher, brings them back to your memory?


  1. MRs. Amy,
    Thank you so much for the sweet letter you mailed me. It was very encouraging.
    I love reading your blog!
    – Hannah

  2. Goodmorning,

    Hope David is well on his way to a full recovery. I know you are a good nurse.

    I have enjoyed reading Proverbs 2. For me It gives me peace and let’s me know I have a great comforter. I can stand on His words and feel peace and comfort throughout my day!!


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