My pastor is doing a summer teaching series on wisdom. His teachings are based on the book of Proverbs from the Bible. We had an assignment last week. We were to identify an area in our lives where we currently need wisdom. Then, during the week we were to search Proverbs and find a verse that referred to our issue.
This was kind of a tough assignment for me. I feel like my issue is too specific to be covered in the scriptures. I want wisdom in how to handle my students.
Is there a proverb that tells me how to handle a disrespectful student? Did Solomon, the author of Proverbs, write about motivating the unmotivated? How do I deal with children who, despite my best efforts to influence them to take the right path, consistently and willfully take the wrong path?
I think that there is a vast array of good counsel written in the Proverbs. But, I think the verse that simply says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” (Prov. 9:10) is the one that speaks to me most significantly. It has become my go-to when I don’t know where to go.
Fearing the Lord means acknowledging His power. It is not a scary kind of fear. It is a recognition that He has all wisdom and I need Him to guide me through my circumstances. Even when I can’t find a verse that tells me what to say in a specific situation, I can rely on God to supply me with wisdom in the moment. Because His Holy Spirit lives in me, I have 24/7 access to His wisdom. He can bring to mind the right things to say. He can keep me calm in tense moments when I am tempted to say something that will only escalate the problem.
Practicing how to live in the flow of the Spirit is my key to dealing with the hard things in my life.