“For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
guarding the paths of justice
and watching over the way of his saints.”
– Proverbs 2:6-8
Wisdom, knowledge and understanding come directly from the mouth of the Lord. If we are lacking wisdom, it is to Him we need to look. And not only look, but ask. He is ready and willing to give us wisdom as He did Solomon when he asked.
This verse paints a vivid picture of God anticipating our request.
Imagine a vineyard which yields a rich harvest of abundant fruit. The vines are so heavy they nearly break from the weight. As God walks through the vineyard, He picks the choicest clusters adding them to the barrel now brimming over with luscious grapes. He takes them and pours them into His storehouse marked “wisdom.” And then He waits. He waits for us to ask. The only cost is a life lived rightly for Him. As we follow His commands and purpose to live our lives in a way which glorifies Him, He opens His storehouse of fruit and gives it to us.
What does this looks like practically? It varies from marriage to marriage, but always there will be these two common denominators:
- upright living
Even when we find it difficult to live rightly, when temptation is crouching at our door, the Lord promises to be our shield. His shield is impenetrable; it holds firm. As we continue walking along the just path, He guards our steps. He helps us stay the course, always watching to help us when we cry out to Him.
Are you facing difficulty in your marriage?
Is it your desire to see God glorified in how you walk this path?
Be assured He is ready to give you and your spouse the knowledge you need to rightly understand the perspective of the other. He will help your communication to not only speak clearly, but to listen accurately. As you commit to live this way, wisdom will be the result, the rich fruit God has stored up for you, for us.
After 32 years of marriage there is one thing we have learned about wisdom – it is a slow growing vine. To watch it one never perceives growth, but take a look back 5 years. It is from this vantage point where the change is obvious. God is the master vine dresser. He prunes where necessary to produce the most growth.
Whether you are in a pruning season, a growing season or finally having a chance to look back 5, 10 or 20 years, one thing is certain – the Lord Your God is watching over you! The answer you seek is stored up and waiting for you. You simply have to ask!