Throughout my life, I have come to a place where I had to make a decision. Naturally, I’m sure you have been in this place too. Often times, I have not been sure about the thing I should do or the words that I should say. ¬†If I am to be completely honest with you, at moments where I am full of emotions, I don’t want to wait or take my time. ¬†I get rather antsy… I want to hurry up and make a decision or say something.
I have come to realize that the wise are patent because they wait to hear wisdom speak. ¬†When we move or act hastly, we are unable to hear wisdom clearly because we are acting out of our own wills and thoughts.
Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it. ~Proverbs 8:33
When we decide to turn from our own wills and thoughts, we turn from pride and arrogance. ¬†We turn from evil and perverse things. ¬†By turning from that which God hates, evil and perverse things, we turn to God. ¬†By turning to God we turn to wisdom.
I wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion. ¬†The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate. ¬†~Proverbs 8:12, 13
This seems so simple, but it is harder to do than it is to say. ¬†Often times we know the way to live, but we are fearful or intimidated about actually living it out. ¬†It is as if we believe that there will be some sort of horrific circumstances to arise from taking the steps of faith that have been laid out for us by God.
Let no one be deluded that knowledge of the path can substitute for putting one foot in front of the other. ~M.C Richards
Still we want ¬†the results. ¬†We desire to have the blessing of acting wisely, but we should stop and ask ourselves if we are willing to do what wise people do.
When we are taking a plan of action, we will ponder the place where we put our feet, if we are wise, and our way will be established.(Proverbs 4:26) ¬†This happens because of what takes place in the pondering. ¬†When we ponder, we seek discretion and we begin to wait on wisdom. ¬†We turn from our own way, of pride, and humble ourselves to hear from God about what He desires or sees fit for us.
I don’t know about you, but this is the way that I desire to live, constantly. ¬†I want to be a person of prudence, hating what is evil and perverse. ¬†I say this because as I live in this body and choose to follow God, I seem to become more and more aware of the ability that I have to sin.
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. ¬†And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it. ¬†~Genesis 4:7
Sin waits and crouches at the door of our hearts. ¬†It looks for opportunities to have its affects on our lives. ¬†We can choose to live in an evil way and say what we should not say. ¬†The same way that we can choose to sin at any given moment, we are also presented with multiple opportunities to live hastily.
As a bird hastens to the snare, he did not know it would cost his life… ¬†~Proverbs 7:23
This is how life would be without the patience that is required to be wise. ¬†We would be on a continual path toward death, whether we know it or not.
Who wants to live like that?
I don’t and I am assuming that you don’t either. ¬†Science has proven that built within each of us is a self preservation mechanism. ¬†That means that none of us want to die or do anything, purposely, to cause our own death.
I want to live a life of abundance. ¬†I don’t want to live worrying about the fate or consequences of each choice that I have made. ¬†I would much rather wait and seek out wisdom before I act. ¬†For there is a promise to find life when we find wisdom. (Proverbs 8:35) ¬†There is also a promise to obtain favor from the Lord, as we find wisdom and life. (Proverbs 8:36)
By going through this process of thinking, we have found the answer to our question. ¬†Wisdom requires patience. ¬†Patience requires waiting. ¬†If we are to wait, we must understand that there is a purpose in it all.
As I have been encouraged by the Holy Spirit, I would like to encourage you to wait on God before making choices. ¬†Seek wisdom and find you life. ¬†Know that God gives wisdom to all those who ask Him for it. (James 1:5) ¬†Once you find it and hear clearly the way to go or the thing to do, ponder the placement of your feet, and place one in front of the other, knowing that God is with you 100% of the way.