God’s wisdom doesn’t typically come like a bolt out of the blue. It’s more like a very enlightening conversation where holy insights dawn on us. We discover and understand holy treasures by reading and hearing Scripture but we internalize them in prayer, bringing our own daily case studies under our Father’s tutelage.
Proverbs was written to keep us out of trouble and to persuade us that the virtuous life will be richly rewarded. That’s what makes wisdom such a treasure. But the motherlode of wisdom is actually easy to miss.
So has wisdom been more valuable than silver, gold, or rubies? I couldn’t remember checking my account balance. When I did I was surprised! Did anyone ever tell you when you were young that if you saved a little every week by the time you were old you would be wealthy? That’s what happens in choosing our Father’s instruction.
Pastors spill countless words, but we all learn that once in a while God allows us to say one thing—one Big Thing—which turns the rudder of someone’s life. “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. “(Prov. 15:11)
When I began pastoring, I assumed that the point of listening was to know what to fix. Now I realize that listening is one of those small, quiet ministries that make for effective shepherding.