Counseling as a Person of Understanding (2 of 12), Proverbs 10:23

image “A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes, but a man of understanding delights in wisdom.” If you read last week’s devotional, you know that one of the characteristics of a “man of understanding” is what he (or she) does. But this proverb speaks more of who they are – what thrills them from their head, through their heart to the tips of their toes.

I have often enjoyed being able to understand information and how to apply that knowledge. But that’s not same thing as delighting in the Wisdom of God. The New Testament makes it clear: Jesus is Wisdom in the flesh (1 Corinthians 1:24-30, Ephesians 3:10, etc.)

Can you see Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus drinking in every word of the Master while Martha, her sister, rushes around cleaning the house? Martha was laboring, but Mary was loving Wisdom. All godly leaders and counselors want to have more of Mary’s heart. We know that following our Lord by faith is more than information and mental skills. It’s a toe-tingling love for Christ – a rapt attention to every command, promise, parable and even warning that proceeds from Wisdom’s mouth.

We know that we need that kind of passion for our mornings to do more than mourn when we get out of bed. We need that kind of heart to warm our compassion for a world that can be so cold. We need that kind of love so we can be people who don’t simply believe what we say, we would die (and daily do) for the Wisdom that we bring to others. I want to delight in my Lord Jesus that much.

But I don’t. Not always.

That’s why it’s critical that I (and you) remember the nature of God’s grace in Christ. Every good thing that believers have from Him is an underserved gift of love, purchased and eternally secured through Jesus’ sacrifice in our stead. So if we want more love for His ways, if we need more delight in His commands, all we need to do is ask Him. Beg Him. Not because He is a reluctant giver but because we are hopeless and empty without Him. And when you cry out for more love for Him, realize this important truth: your tears for more of His heart are testifying that His heart is already at work in yours.

If you have a few more minutes re-read the first three chapters of James (written largely to shepherds of His people) and remember that Jesus is the Wisdom of God. For “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:15)

And May He bless you richly as you seek to love Him more deeply, delighting in your Savior and King and caring for His people.

 

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