Proverbs chapter 3 is probably one of my most favorite chapters in the Bible. It is full of good stuff. Get this – what gives you a long life? Wisdom. I relate wisdom to being good old common sense. I looked up the definition of wisdom. This is what the definition from The Free Dictionary was:
- The ability to discern, or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight
- Common sense, good judgement.
“It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.” (Henry David Thoreau)
See? Common sense. And what is one thing that is desperately lacking in today’s society? Common sense. For example – in the news recently, four teenage boys jumped into one of the aquariums at a Bass Pro shop. Why? A lot of people would laugh at the antic and say what brave boys. Me? I think it showed an extreme lack of common sense.
What about after the elections? We saw a lot of examples of a lack of common sense – especially from those whose events did not turn out the way they wanted. Seriously, they really needed safe spots, play dough and coloring books? These were college kids. Where was the common sense? Where was the wisdom? Not my President was the rallying cry. Really? Then who is?
And Don’t even get me started on the driving skills of people Whaaatttt? Driving skills? Or better yet – the lack of them. Maybe common sense isn’t so common anymore? Maybe wisdom is something deeper?
Proverbs 3:21-24 – My son, do not lose sight of these – keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life for your soul and adornment for your neck. Then you walk on your securely and your foot will not stumble. If you lie down you will not be afraid, when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
What helps you sleep at night? It’s not worrying and stressing over every little thing. I know, I’ve done it. I still do it sometimes. That’s why every now and then I have to be reminded – am I really putting my trust in God? Am I letting Him direct my path. Am I being wise? Or have I taken matters into my own hands again. In ALL your ways acknowledge Him. – That’s where wisdom comes from. When I begin to lose my focus – I start having troubles with insomnia and the anxiety attacks begin. I need to just breathe and remember Proverbs 3.
Doesn’t that sound nice? Sweet sleep.