Day Thirty-One: Seek Wisdom in Community

December 31, 2019
By Barbara Lester

By Barbara Lester

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:

for gaining wisdom and instruction;
  for understanding words of insight;
for receiving instruction in prudent behavior,
  doing what is right and just and fair;
for giving prudence to those who are simple,
  knowledge and discretion to the young—
let the wise listen and add to their learning,
  and let the discerning get guidance—
for understanding proverbs and parables,
  the sayings and riddles of the wise.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
  but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1: 1-7 (NIV)

New Year’s Eve!!! A time to reflect on the year that is closing: the blessings, the trials and challenges, the lessons learned. And a time to look forward: what will the new year bring? How will God grow us, involve us in His Kingdom work? Will we learn the hard way or welcome His hand in our lives?

I am a living testimony to God’s infinite patience, love, and grace. I loved the Lord and wanted to serve Him, but I spent way too many years asking Him to bless what I had already planned to do, instead of seeking His wisdom and will for me. It was on my Walk to Emmaus in 2007 that I finally “saw the light” — His light — and laid down my will, surrendered and submitted to Him and asked Him to be the ruler of my life. Instant freedom! Instant peace! “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding…” (Proverbs 3:5)

Duh! Why had I struggled so long?

I think there is a reason why a great-grandmother, with many years of life and experience, was asked to write the devotional for New Year’s Eve. Maybe the wisdom which God has imparted to me over the years (sometimes with a whisper and sometimes with a 2×4) can encourage others to seek Him earlier in their lives. He NEVER ceases to try to draw us closer to Him! Take a moment to read all of Proverbs 1 and ponder its relevance today for your life. How can you put the Lord’s wisdom to work through you? “Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.” (Proverbs 1:5)

Being an active, involved member of the Body of Christ is, in my experience, crucial in our own personal relationship with the Lord. Corporately we see how He can use us to build His Kingdom, grow us ever closer to Him, and bring Glory to His Name. “His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known.” (Ephesians 3:10) There is nothing more fulfilling than to be in God’s house, with God’s people, serving for God’s glory. Yes, we need our private time in prayer and Bible reading with God each day. We need to nurture and protect our time with Him. But we need to surround ourselves with fellow Christians to hold us accountable, to encourage and love us unconditionally, and to help keep us rooted in His Word. It is never too late (or too early) to surrender to God’s will for you, to truly seek His presence in every breath you take, and to seek Him, individually and in fellowship with other believers. Seek Wisdom! Directly from God and from those He will put in your life for that exact purpose!

Happy New Year!