Wednesday, July 27, 2011


A proverb is a short, wise, easy-to-remember saying that calls us to action. It gives us practical advice for our everyday living. The book of Proverbs has a clear purpose and that is to impart to us wisdom for godly living. It teaches us the source of wisdom, the value of wisdom, and the benefits of wisdom.

Our actions speak louder than our words. If you learn God's ways, His morals, His values, and you learn to fear (revere) Him; you have begun your foundation for wisdom (Proverbs 1:7).

When others observe your actions, they will learn where your priorities lie. How you act and react to everyday situations reflects who you are from the inside out.

Wisdom in life is not just about knowing what to do, but actually applying it. Think of it this way, if you knew you shouldn't jump out of a plane without a parachute, but you did anyway. Where is the wisdom in that?

By learning God's word and applying it to your life; you gain much wisdom. When you allow yourself to revere God--to honor and respect Him, to live in awe of his power, and to obey His word, you are allowing others to see your dependence on God. By living out your wisdom, you are teaching others how to change their attitude, transform their minds, their heart, and their spirits.

Lady wisdom shouts out to us to "cry out for insight and understanding" (Proverbs 2:3). These are God's gift to us! However, they are only revealed in His Word and He only gives it to those who earnestly seek it. The path to wisdom is strenuous. It is a continuous and conscious choice and is discovered in our everyday decisions, attitudes, and actions. When we make it our purpose in life to truly seek wisdom, it will transform us from the inside out.

At the beginning of Jesus' ministry, he left Judea to travel north to Galilee where along the way He chose to go through Samaria. During those times many Jews despised speaking to Samaritan's (the mixed race) because they thought that the Jews who married these foreigners and created the Samaritans, by doing so had betrayed their people and Israelite nation.

"Eventually he [Jesus] came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink."(John 4:5-7) She was shocked that he spoke to her, given that she was a Samaritan woman and he was a Jew. She tells him "Why are you asking me for a drink?" He replied to her, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water. “But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed? Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” (v.10-13)

Jesus was speaking to her about feeding her soul with spiritual food and water. Just as our physical body needs food and water, so our souls need food and water. God's living and written word, the bible, can fill our BUCKETs and satisfy our thirsty souls.

Your actions or inactions answer for themselves; they allow others to see what wisdom you have gained in life. For through them, you are capable of changing, transforming, and inspiring those that surround you now and they allow you to have God's wisdom to inspire the generations to come.

As the Samaritan woman spoke with Jesus, she began to ask questions that would allow her to gain insight, understanding and eventually wisdom to apply to her life. We are nourished not only by what we receive from others, but also how we give to others.

What are you putting in your BUCKET? Others' BUCKETs? Wisdom or Folly? Transformation or Stagnation? Gratitude or Thanklessness? Glory or Depreciation? An unforgettable Legacy or one that never seem to exist? Allow God to guide your life and He will fill your bucket with things beyond your wildest dreams. Those things will also pour out to those that see your actions.

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