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Festoon me … with wisdom and understanding

“Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom! Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding! Throw your arms around her—believe me you won’t regret it; never let her go—she’ll make your life glorious. She’ll garland your life with grace, she’ll festoon your days with beauty.”
Proverb 4:7-9 (The Message)

What is your passion? What do you wholeheartedly throw your arms around? Do you desire wisdom and understanding above all and before all, like King Solomon? Certainly, at one time in his life, wisdom was at the top of Solomon’s list. Why, God even promised him there would be none as wise as he (1 Kings 3:12).

“But who am I?” you say. To begin with, you have something Solomon did not have; you have Jesus. In fact, I have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16), if I would but embrace it. I have access to the full gamut of wisdom and understanding, with Jesus in me and the Holy Spirit to interpret truth for me. 

And that’s not all. As we girls set out to own God’s word, we discovered the many references out there to fill in the gaps of things we did not have at our fingertips. After all, the stories in the Bible were first of all relevant to the people to whom they were written. Life was much different then. You have to transport yourself back into history to catch the nuances of culture and context in God’s original meaning.   
So we reached for the notes in our study bibles, a dictionary, a thesaurus, and other translations. We boned up on our Greek and Hebrew. Okay, so I am messing with you on the Greek and Hebrew; there’s a handy-dandy lexicon that does that for you. Plus, there are commentaries, concordances and cultural histories. Fortunately, nowadays all those resources are in one spot on trusted websites like    

Once you have caught the “plain” truth, then and only then can you make personal application—what does it mean for me? Yes, God spoke in history. Yes, He speaks to us today. And yes, we explored those precious personal truths with God in our journals.

O God, help me embrace understanding, throw my arms around wisdom, gather in her glory and grace. Festoon me in the beauty of your Word.

Nancy P

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