“The reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning and the principal and choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful and godly Wisdom, instruction, and discipline.” Proverbs 1:7 AMP
My heart ached. After one month of praying, talking over the phone, and studying to answer her questions the woman was leaving the Bible Study Fellowship class because she couldn’t accept that the study of Genesis taught Creation and not evolution. I had prayed and hoped that she would remain. We were almost through that section, and if she would stay in class the Lord could work on her heart. She admitted she had little Bible knowledge.
Many women have left classes I have led over the years, and each and every one hurts, for different reasons, even if I know they are solid in their faith and the Lord is moving them on to something new, I miss them. But this was different. I wasn’t certain this woman knew the Lord. Nothing from our conversations had indicated to me that she did. I had to let her go, praying that in His time, God would bring her to the knowledge of Himself and the salvation He offers.
The first chapter of Proverbs gives insight into why Solomon’s words were being written down, but also the reason for all of scripture, “for gaining wisdom and instruction.” We live in a confusing world where everyone claims to have the answer to any question life gives us. We are bombarded with information everywhere we turn. How our lives turn out depends on where we choose to go for the answer.
There was a time in my life when I went to church, but did not understand that the answers I searched for were contained within the black-bound Bible up on my closet shelf. I regret to say it looks worn out because of lack of use and falling off my closet shelf.
Then I accepted Christ as my Savior and developed insatiable desire for His word. As I read, God’s truth sunk deep in my heart. It changed my life and thinking. I have not needed to look elsewhere for wisdom about life since that time.
I still wonder about that woman and pray she finds God’s truth in answer to her questions.
Where do you go when you need answers to life? Determine to spend time looking into God’s word daily, for only then will you find true answers which lead to wisdom.
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Gail Thurston Holtman. All Rights Reserved.