Friday, February 4, 2011

Behaving Wisely

I just finished reading the book of 1 Samuel today and was inspired to follow David's example. After all, he was the one considered as the man after God's own heart! We all are familiar with his story in his fight with Goliath, the giant. However, I became more interested with how he behaved in all his experiences after that incident.

David was rubbing elbows with royalty after his victory over Goliath as Saul took him in (1Samuel 18:2). He became best-friends with the king's son, Jonathan (1 Samuel 18:3),  as well as a beloved head of Saul's armies (1 Samuel 18:5). In all these, though, we read of a very important factor of David's behavior during all these times... in 1 Samuel 18: 5 and 18:30 we see that David behaved himself not only wisely, but more wisely.

What is it about being wise then? Well, the definition of "wise" (as an adjective), is simply being characterized by wisdom : marked by deep understanding, keen discernment, and a capacity for sound judgment. 

Don't we all want to have this? We all want to have wisdom. Since the fall, our very human nature strives to attain wisdom, and why, you may ask? For this very reason...

"For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, 
that wisdom giveth life to them that have it." (Ecclesiastes 7:12)

Having wisdom, or being wise, preserves us on a daily basis! Why is it important then to attain, if not strive to have wisdom? Here's a better breakdown of it...

"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee. Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many." (Proverbs 4:7-10)

I would be a liar if I would say that I do not want that in my life. The bible is true about all these things and I personally long to have those in my life. Most may not admit it, but we all want to be promoted, to be honored, to have a long (and abundant) life here on earth!

We all dream big, and we all strive hard to reach the top for our sake and our family's sake. We want all that wisdom can offer and we want it for our children as well. Never in my entire life will I encounter a person who wants to be a fool. None of us wants to be labeled as such. It will be shameful on our part to be considered foolish and oftentimes we fight back at others who would think of us as such.

I don't want to live like a fool... I want to be wise in this lifetime, instead,  so I can leave that legacy to my children. If there's anything at all that I can leave with them when I'm gone, I want nothing less than WISDOM. And so I will embark in a journey to delve into the Word of God to seek for wisdom. I pray to saturate myself with His presence through His Word so as to be taught by HIM how to walk wisely (and more) as David did. After all, the beginning of wisdom is found in the fear of the LORD.

Join me as I learn, even with baby steps, how to behave wisely. We will call this series as it is: "BEHAVING WISELY." I hope and pray that you will join me in the next posts as we strive, not to be excellent and righteous, but instead to behave wisely in the presence of men in order to bring glory to our Father in heaven.

I look forward to having you with me on this journey... Y'all take care now.

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