Making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding.”- Proverbs 2:2
John Ortberg continues Chapter 5 of All the Places to Go by noting that as we go through doors, we find the person we’ve become on the other side of those doors. Pastor Ortberg adds that the Bible has a word for those who choose doors well- wise. This type of wisdom isn’t equivalent to having a high IQ or advanced education degrees. In the Bible, wisdom is the art of living well and the ability to make great decisions.
John states that wisdom is the greatest determining factor between people who flourish in life and those who don’t. The Israelites loved wisdom so much they personified it, speaking of wisdom as the most wonderful person in the world- Lady Wisdom. The Israelites also understood wisdom was more than successfully navigating life in human terms. The author summarizes:
“In other words, Lady Wisdom is a poetic expression of the wisdom of God. Where wisdom is, somehow, God is.”
The rest of Chapter 5 will involve looking at eight ways God’s wisdom can lead us to, as well as help us through,the open doors we encounter.
In the next blog, Pastor Ortberg will discuss the illusion that if we could just discover our passion, every day of our working life will be filled with effortless, nonstop motivation.
Today’s question: How has the Holy Spirit helped you grow in wisdom during your desert, land between time? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “The place where you are”