Are You Searching for Wisdom?- It’s Just a Phase

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Findlay Campus Pastor Chris Baney helped wrap up our current series, It’s Just a Phase, by introducing an important part of the conversation—wisdom. At this weekend’s service, a panel of parents discussed a variety of parenting topics and offered us wisdom on navigating them in  our own families. The panel included a variety of insightful voices, representing different stages of life and different family dynamics.

Although I am single, I’m figuring out what I want my family dynamic to look like in the future. No matter the phase we are in, we can all gain wisdom from those who have already experienced what we have yet to go through. The bottom line is: “Wisdom applied today produces God’s greater story for your family in the phases of tomorrow.”

The Book of Proverbs in the Old Testament of the Bible is an excellent source of wisdom. In it, King Solomon writes letters to his son about searching for wisdom. This guidance is so precious because it challenges us to think about our relationship with wisdom.

Proverbs 2:2-4
2 Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. 3 Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. 4 Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures.

These verses challenge us to search for wisdom. We should all seek it  as if it is a hidden treasure. When I was a little girl, I once found an oyster shell on the beach that I hoped might contain a pearl. But instead of opening it,  I kept it in my room and never even attempted to break it open to see what was inside. When I was older, I threw it away, and consequently, I’ll never know what treasure it might have had.

Wisdom is a lot like that seashell. When you find something of potential worth, you are not meant to store it away. Instead, you should seek it out, pray for God’s guidance, and then take a step of trust and follow through. Apply the wisdom you are pursuing today to produce God’s greater story for you and your family in this phase and the next .

Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

Questions:
What would you do if you knew gold was buried somewhere in your backyard? Do you search for wisdom with the same energy?

How do you pursue wisdom in your life?

Next Steps:
Join a group and listen for wise voices to speak into your life. Challenge yourself to pursue wisdom.

Check out more family hacks from the weekend panel.
How to Parent Through Conflict and Lead Your Family Spiritually

How to Parent Through Teen Years and Prepare for an Empty Nest

How to Parent in a Blended Family

How to Navigate Cultural Questions You Are Not Prepared For


Prayer:
God, I pray for wisdom. I am dealing with tension in my family, but I don’t have all the answers on how to navigate it. I trust you. I want to search for wisdom like hidden treasure. When I find it, I pray I won’t hide it but embrace and utilize its  worth. Show me what path to take. I pray for your will, even though I don’t have all the answers. In Jesus’ name, amen.


This post was written by Rebecca Roberts, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.


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