One of the things I like to do as I read the scriptures is write down just one thing, one quick takeaway from the section. For me, it’s a process that helps me move from simply reading the Word to allowing the Word to read me.
It’s a simple practice that anybody can do, it helps to reinforce what I’ve read, and it gives me an opportunity to engage with what the Holy Spirit might be trying to teach me.
This is my “quick thought” from today’s reading in Proverbs 19.
“To acquire wisdom is to love yourself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.” ~Proverbs 19:8
Wisdom is a “who,” not a “what!”
Acquiring the true gift of Wisdom is not about hours of arduous study, and the motivation can’t be prosperity from a worldly perspective. For the ways of the world are foolishness to God. That’s why true wisdom is found in relationship with the one who is the personification of wisdom, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Wisdom of God, and we have been completely united with the love of God through Jesus for our benefit!
We can’t love ourselves more than God already loves us. Our “self-serving” love is a bastardization of his “self-giving” love because selfish love in isolation and self-giving love in relationship are diametrically opposed. The self-serving love of the world will always fall short because it treats relationships as transactional commodities, but the wisdom of God is self-giving love shared in transformational relationship.
True love of self is found in the self-giving love of Jesus, and true prosperity is found in this mutual self-giving relationship were we learn the wisdom of his love for all. The best “self-care” we will ever experience is found as we participate in this relationship!
Jesus Christ is Wisdom itself! It’s his wisdom that made us right with God, it’s his wisdom that made us holy, and participating in this relationship takes us deeper into Wisdom itself!
This is what I heard in today’s reading, what did you hear?
#Proverbs19:8 #1Corinthians1:24 #1Corinthians1:30 #1Corinthians3:19