“For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding”. (Proverbs 2:6)
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt,…”(James 1:5-6)
When I think of wisdom, I think of the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31 that we should aspire to become. This chapter provides a model of a woman’s value as well as displays the proper attitude for her to have when fulfilling responsibilities. Every woman has to have wisdom if they want to follow this example, effectively manage diverse roles and still find the time and energy for self-reflection and self-investment. This is not an easy task for most and for many, it can be overwhelming. As I reflect on this and juggle my own commitments, God is constantly teaching me that it is not about trying to be “the perfect woman,” but instead living a life that is totally yielded to Him to fulfill my calling.
While we are pursuing Proverbs 31 as women of faith, God is constantly revealing His purpose to us. During this process, we have to be careful; the journey is often plagued with the devil trying to distract us by focusing our attention on other people’s God given purpose instead of focusing on our own path. This comparison leads to feelings of inadequacy and jealousy. If wisdom is not used to recognize this, it can eventually lead to a diminished self-worth. This is not God’s plan for His daughters. Wisdom is imperative to know when we are off course, so that God can direct us in our business plans, our marriage, our relationships, our parenting, our health, our service to others, our finances, our time commitments, our appearance…..our faith journey.
Ultimately, don’t strive to be a superwoman. Strive to be a wisewoman. In this pursuit, the brighter your light will become, so that other women will want to know more about the God that you serve. Pursuing this goal will keep you on track to fulfilling God’s purpose in your life.
Prayer Starter: We ask you for wisdom to organize our life. You know all things. You know our past, present and future. Give us the tools that we need to navigate through daily obstacles. Give us fresh business ideas, bless our relationships with others, bless our marriages, bless our children and bless our health. Be honored in how we manage our finances and keep us humble, so that we desire to serve others in your name. Teach us how to let our inner beauty shine bright, so that we are not insecure regarding our outer appearance. Let faith arise and let us always declare your goodness. Amen