When reading Proverbs, I envision myself as a princess in God’s kingdom courts receiving divine wisdom from His heart to mine. Proverbs is a unique treasury of God-breathed principles and a wellspring of wisdom for my soul to soak up like the sun. As a wife, mother and woman in ministry I desperately need God’s wisdom!
Proverbs 2:1-6 (NLT) reads: My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom!It seems that the older I am, the more mature I am in Christ, the more I’ve been experiencing a “crying out”! The more I am aware of that God’s will and Christ’s restoration power needs to be realized in my life, my family, my church, my community, my country and the nations! The more I know I cannot possibly step out in faith without His wisdom and strength. In order to “treasure His commands, tune our ears to wisdom and to concentrate on understanding’” we first must remove the distractions that keep us from that sacred place.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)
After 12 years of leading a women’s ministry I founded in 1999, God asked me to step aside from the ministry for a year. I felt the spirit of wisdom lead me into a disciplined place of refuge. As difficult as it was to move forward in obedience, I knew this was a sacred time to reconnect and focus on God. A time for realignment, establishing some much needed priorities and the imparting of delightful unexpected wisdom in the process.
Had I not taken that year off, I shudder to think how I would have suffered and hindered the growth of our ministry and the lives of so many. We cannot impart what we do not possess. God wants to fill us up with His glorious wisdom so that we can be effective ministers of His love and share the gospel with a hurting world.
What do you need to lay aside so that you can tune your ears to His wisdom?
Jodi Kozan is the Founder and President of Women’s Journey of Faith in Canada. You can connect with Jodi at her website www.jodikozan.com and follow her on Twitter and Facebook
SPECIAL NOTE from Jodi: “Wisdom” is our theme for our 14th Annual Women’s Journey of Faith Conference on November 1-2 2013. Our keynote speaker is Mary Kassian, Author of “Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild” www.wjof.com