Today’s Blog: Don’t Settle For Crumbs
TODAY’S PROVERB: A fool finds no delight in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion. Proverbs 18:2, TLV
Let’s face it, this wisdom journey is hard work. It takes a concerted effort to daily study, listen, learn from mistakes, seek wise counsel, and most importantly, seek the LORD. To enjoy the delights of the full-meal of wisdom — knowledge, discernment, understanding, wisdom — takes determination.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes, especially in the early years of living the Proverbs, I was willing to settle for the crumbs of wisdom. However, trying to nurture my life with a few nibbles wasn’t possible. I was starving and it showed in my decision-making, behavior, and relationships.
At some point, don’t we want more? To not just make mistakes, but learn from them? Not just give our opinion, but to know based on sound knowledge, discernment, and understanding? To sit and actually dine on a whole meal of profound concepts and be able to digest it?
My husband and I love cooking shows, especially the beautifully produced programs in England. The artistry of these chefs is amazing. Experienced chefs seldom take shortcuts. They understand their ingredients and how they work together. There is more on that plate than a delicious meal, they take the time to present it beautifully. If we treated the pursuit of wisdom with such dedication and refinement, what would our lives be like? Sigh. Amazing, I suspect.
Wisdom’s Complete Meal
Do you remember the first time you truly knew you had used the full meal of wisdom on a decision? It wasn’t a gut guess or a hopeful decision, it was a judgment based on a developed sense of knowledge, discernment, experience, and understanding. And in that wise decision, you were confident that you were being obedient to our Heavenly Father. Even sensing His pleasure. How great was that!
That’s what we want, isn’t it. More than moments or insights, but regular meals.
The delight of our search for wisdom, discernment, knowledge, and understanding is that we know it will be worth the effort.
Today, if we run across a crumb of wisdom, know that it came from a full meal somewhere. Pursue it. Don’t be satisfied until we find the buffet of insights waiting for us.