Scripture: Proverbs 15:33
Observation: When we trust fully in the Lord and humble ourselves before him, we are able to receive wisdom.
Application: I remember my first time.
My first time having coffee, that is. (What were you thinking?!)
I was a brand new college freshman, and I went to the new Dunkin’ Donuts in the student center with a few friends my floor. They all ordered coffee, so I figured I should too. Did I actually like it? Did I hate it but pretend to like it and act cool? I don’t really remember any specifics except that I immediately called my mom and asked her to bring me a coffee pot the next time she visited because I was a “coffee drinker” now. It felt very grown up.
I was pretty good about keeping my coffee drinking habit in check (one cup in the morning, another at night if I had to stay up late)… and then I became a mom. And all of the sudden, my normal one-cup-a-day became two and then three and then, on those extra sleepless, harrowing days of motherhood, four.
I was completely dependent on caffeine and started experiencing headaches if I didn’t have it. Ouch.
We can get dependent on all sorts of things – coffee, routines, affirmation from others, food, relationships, alcohol, shopping – and the list goes on. So often, that dependency starts as something minor – a single cup of coffee, a single glass of wine, a single purchase – but it easily becomes more than just a “single” thing. It becomes our focal point and our foundation, and soon we find our joy, our peace, our freedom in something that’s so temporary and fleeting instead of permanent and eternal.
“Fear of the Lord teaches wisdom; humility precedes honor.” (v. 33)
The CEV puts it like this:
“Showing respect to the Lord will make you wise, and being humble will bring honor to you.”
There is One worth being dependent on: God.
Choosing wisdom means choosing to trust fully and completely in the God who chose us. Choosing God means choosing humility and letting go of self-sufficiency, placing all our dependency on him alone.
What would it look like to let go of self-sufficiency and trust fully in God?
Depend on God to reveal the answer to you this week.
Prayer: God, I pray for real wisdom, a true dependency on you. Where am I still trying to be self-sufficient? Where am I praying that I need you but refusing to fully trust you? I pray for the self-awareness to see where I’m falling short, the humility to confess, and the strength to repent. Amen