Twenty-Four {31 Days of Wisdom}

There are times when it is difficult to trust God.  Times when faith seems like a far-fetched idea.  Days when there are things you “know” to be true but you have a hard time believing, acting, and responding to life according to what you know.

Proverbs 24:13-14 says:

“My son, eat honey for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.  Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future and your hope will not be cut off.”

When I was a little girl and would get a sore throat or a cough, my mom would always make me drink a cup of tea with honey and lemon.  I hated the taste as I’ve always prefered straight sugar in my tea.  But she would promise the honey would soothe my throat and actually help heal it.  I didn’t believe her, but I did what she told me to because she was my mom, and I respected and trusted her.  Eventually the honey would do it’s thing and it’s dripping would bring comfort to me and my aches.

The writer tells us with wisdom, it’s the same.  If you feast upon it, wisdom is like food for your soul and when you need it… you will find it. There will be knowledge stored up in your brain that when required, can drop down into your heart and help lead you when you can’t find your way.

Hopelessness often gives us that feeling of not being able to find our way.  Elsewhere in the Proverbs it says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.”

But Psalm 31 tells us to be strong and let our hearts take courage as we wait for hope and expect the Lord.  Romans tells us if we hope for what is still unseen by us, we wait for it with patience and composure.

If the very essence of hope is something we are waiting for…something that is not yet, then it is obvious wisdom is necessary for the waiting.

Wisdom carries us in truth when our feelings want to lead us to despair.

Wisdom helps us to maintain our composure when what we may want to do is curl up on the floor and cry {which is okay too sometimes}.

Wisdom feeds our patience while our waning hope may cause us to be impulsive, rash and quick to make a decision we may regret later.

What is it you are hoping for today?  What is it you are waiting for?  Is it a man? A child?  A dream to come to reality?  A prayer still left unanswered?  Is God appearing to be silent?  His voice can be found in the pages of His wisdom…they are full of truth and love for you and he has given you permission to take courage from Him as you wait and expect Him to take action.

Perhaps C.S. Lewis nailed it when he penned the image of God into a courageous lion, Aslan.

“But courage, child: we are all between the paws of the true Aslan.”
– The Last Battle

If you are waiting, don’t let your heart be sick… take courage and know you are in the hands of the One who’s timing is perfect.