We can hardly step one foot out of the door without before something is making the decision for why we do the things we do. We are pulled and pushed by so many influences, that it’s sometimes hard to discern what is right!
No matter if the influence is direct or indirect, we are always influenced by something. And nowadays, the right influence is becoming less clear, because everything comes with a signed, sealed, and delivered label:
Personally, I live my life according to the will of God. I do the things that please Him, and I find it to be the best way to live. Along the way, I run into bumps on the road, and I need sound advice on what to do when the going gets tough! I look to God’s word because I’m sure that He always wants the best for me, and He invites me to share of His wisdom. In fact, God’s word says:
"Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square. She calls to the crowds along the main street, to those gathered in front of the city gate." - Proverbs 1:20-21
Everybody is looking for wisdom, and we’re all standing at the gates with our hands outstretched. Gimme, gimme, gimme!
It’s common to follow the latest trends - people just assume that if everyone’s doing it, then it’s gotta be the best thing! But God’s word says in Proverbs 1:10,
"The way of the wicked is like total darkness. They have no idea what they are stumbling over."
It may seem like the greatest idea since sliced bread, but many people fall victim to false teachings, vain living, and selfish desires. The kind of stuff that can ruin lives.
Even still, there are others who believe that they can live their life above any influence.
Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” Verse 7 says, “Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.”
Now, these verses aren’t saying that people are not smart, and that they can’t discern for themselves. They’re saying that what happened to Adam and Eve wasn’t that they lackadaisically ate a piece of forbidden fruit. God’s wisdom is the greatest, and our relationship with Him is forged with dependence and trust. When we choose to trust in ourselves , we choose to separate ourselves from God.
”Seek his will in all that you do, and he will show you which path to take.” - Proverbs 3:6. This proverb let’s us know that God is near to us for help in every step of the way, and the nearness of God is our strength! Just take a look! The book of Proverbs is full of the wisdom of God:
Have a problem with making rash decisions? There’s a verse for that:
"The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.” - Proverbs 14:16
Tired of losing friends over disagreements? There’s a verse for that:
"Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends." - Proverbs 17:9
Wonder why your neighbors stopped inviting you over for dinner? There’s a verse for that, too:
"Don’t visit your neighbors too often, or you will wear out your welcome." - Proverbs 25:17
Want to give your folks a reason for not going to college? There’s a verse for that:
"It is senseless to pay tuition to educate a fool, since he has no heart for learning." - Proverbs 17: 16
(Jk. Don’t tell your parents that.)
Wisdom. Go get some.