If you look for it (wisdom) as for silver, and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear (respect and reverence) of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2: 3 – 6
“I love it when somebody sees me, screams my name and then runs to hug me! It’s called being a grandparent!” How true this is! There is no sweeter gift than to hear the words, “Nan and Granddad, we are so happy to see you!” What joy it always brings us to be so welcomed and loved by our little boys.
I saw this quote and many others on Facebook today, a social media website in which friends connect with each other by posting pictures, comments, and other interesting tidbits, such as these little “profound” sayings about life. And of course, they are seen not just here, but in many situations as others seek to offer encouragement, insight, and hope into life and relationships and all its complexities.
But so many times I smile as I read them, because a Scripture verse will come to mind with the same message. For God’s Word is filled with much wisdom about knowledge, discernment, love, charity, forgiveness, strength, faith, peace, hope, and meaningful ways to live a happy and productive life. As I read them, I wondered if most people even know where these wise sayings originate.
Do they even realize that they came from our Creator, Provider, and Teacher of all deep and profound knowledge? We may use different words, or catchy, cute little phrases to describe these truths, but the message is the same. God gives wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. These sayings aren’t “something new under the sun” – they are based on God’s love and desire for us to live the best life possible through Him.
As for the first quote above about being a grandparent, God understands fully how important it is for us to feel loved and acknowledged. He knows how we long to be called by name, for He has assured us that He knows each one of us and longs to surround us with His presence.
Others I read today included these:
1. “You were given life because you are strong enough to live it!
I like this version in Philippians 2: 4 much better: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
2. “Love is everything! Love with all your heart!”
John says it much clearer in 1 John 4:7: “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”
3. “Never give up! Keep trying! These times will pass! Put on a smile and your dreams will come true.”
This one could be based on many sources, but here is one: “Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” Romans 4: 20 – 21
4. “What a beautiful morning! What a beauty filled day! Forget your troubles! Go out and enjoy it!”
This verse says it best: “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3: 21 – 22
These “wise” little sayings are interesting to read and often very uplifting and encouraging, but it is reassuring and comforting to know that they came from God Himself, who truly knows us and understands what we need. He is the source of our real hope and inspiration, for no matter how strong and resolved we may become on our own, handling many of life’s situations requires more.
We need His strength, comfort, love and assurance that He will help us through whatever we may face in life. For who could understand what we need better than the Creator Himself who made us! His words give us understanding and knowledge about life – of more value and worth than silver or any hidden treasure!
Our most gracious and loving Father, thank you that we have more than an inspirational message we have heard or read. We are so grateful to have your presence, love and assurance that you will always be with us and carry us through whatever life may bring. Thank you for the knowledge, wisdom, and grace that you give us to understand, trust, and believe in you. We give you all honor, glory and praise. Amen