Editor’s note: The following column/devotional was written by Drew Crandall, co-founder of CalledtoWork.org.
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.” – Proverbs 3:13-18 (KJV)
COMMENTARY: Would you agree that, with all of the unprecedented coronavirus, economic and social unknowns and upheavals today, you need ongoing, divine downloads of wisdom in order to discern what to do, and when to do it?
In this passage, we’re reminded that of all the “things” we need in life, WISDOM is the most valuable item that we can possess, to navigate today’s complexities victoriously. Nothing else comes close.
In the business world, many of us have consultants “on retainer,” but the most essential consultant we should have on our team is wisdom. As Christ-followers blessed with the indwelling Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and the power of prayer, we can enjoy having a 24/7 “consulting retainer” with wisdom that’s free. What a deal!
Wisdom is available any time, any place–and she doesn’t keep a running tab of “billable time.”
APPLICATION: Do you regularly seek, ask for, pray for, listen to, and apply Godly wisdom in your workplace and in the rest of your life? If not, why not? Wisdom wants to speak to you. Wisdom wants you to hear her, listen, absorb, understand and respond. The problem is never “message sent.” The problem is always “message received” (or NOT received).
Today, whatever perplexing concerns, problems, issues, challenges and obstacles that you may be facing, take deliberate time and make a deliberate effort to pursue and find wisdom. Listen to her before you jump ahead impulsively and impetuously. Listen to God’s still, small voice, and its value will be…priceless.
Drew Crandall has strong New Jersey roots. He spent five formative years of his childhood in Somerset. Since 2001, he has served as Co-Chair of Called To Work, a workplace ministry originally based at Rutgers Community Christian Church in Somerset. Called To Work has since grown into a nationwide ministry. Please see www.CalledToWork.org for details.