Looking for Wisdom

The internet is full of people who have all kinds of ingenious ideas and my family loves to discover the fantastic creativity people display on any one of the millions of posts available at any time on YouTube.

Since solar energy has also fascinated Clif, he recently shared a video with me on how to make a Solar Air Heater out of old soda cans and as a veteran Boy Scout leader, he also found a survival tutorial that teaches how to start fires with a AA battery and a gum wrapper (what kid in the 80s didn’t want to be MacGyver, right?!).

One of Ryan’s handmade swords

Ryan is basically a self-taught bladesmith, learning a large portion of his skills from any number of online videos.  And Jason just forwarded me a link to his favorite YouTuber, Grant Thomas – The King of Random, asking for supplies to make Lego gummy candy!

And for anyone who’s in the high weeds of planning a wedding (me) you just might find a cool idea or two (or two thousand…) for making your own decorations. (Please share your favorite do-it-yourself videos and stories in the comments!)

While you can learn a lot of nifty things from a cornucopia of really creative and innovative people, believers need to be careful not to be do-it-yourselfers when it comes to seeking enduring wisdom.  Proverbs 9 identifies the only one source of true wisdom. Verse 10 tells us that “Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” So Scripture is expressly clear that wisdom’s source is God Himself.  As we learn to seek Him in the pages of the Bible and rely on the Holy Spirit to help us understand, only then will we begin to develop a holy awe for the Lord which is the fountain of all true knowledge and understanding.

Since holy means separate; other; and distinct, it’s imperative that we recognize at we’re not seeking insight into spiritual things from simply the latest version of the “smartest person” or visionary we can find on earth.  Nor are we looking for a more refined and acceptable version of man’s philosophy.  Only through the pages of scripture does God give His wisdom which is higher, loftier and truly ‘holy’!  And since all that He gives is a reflection of His character and heart, we can be assured that it’s always right, perfect and comes with no assembly required.

2 thoughts on “Looking for Wisdom

  1. Tammy says:

    Karen, I’m reading through the book of Proverbs again and I can’t help but to reflect on the time when you and I walked through chapter by chapter at Louie’s request. It’s fun to see how much different my thinking is now vs then. The pain has subsided and I am on the brighter side of life again. It was in the wilderness that I truly submitted and surrendered to God the very core of who I am as his daughter. I know things now that I never truly knew. I know that He is my provider, I know that He is my comforter. I know that I am not called to go it alone. In my comfy life there in ATL I could not learn the life lessons I needed to be a better daughter, sister, friend, mentor, and yes, teacher. Thank you my friend, I love you with all of my heart. Tammy

    1. Karen says:

      You know, I was cleaning up my email account a while ago and stumbled upon that Proverbs exercise that you mentioned and was inspired to go back through Proverbs too. I’m constantly amazed at the Word of God and how it always has something new to say! Amen? So glad you are moving on with the Lord and growing in His grace! Blessings, Tammy!


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