“The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.”
Proverbs 13:14 (NIV)
Have you ever felt as low as George Bailey did in It’s a Wonderful Life? George experienced problems from many directions, the main one being a financial mountain he could not climb. Keeping his focus on that problem instead of remembering to place his trust in God, he fell into complete despair until an angel helped him refocus his vision and rediscover his hope.
Just as Clarence the angel turned George away from death, Proverbs 13:14 reminds us that there are wise people in our own lives who can help us find life instead of death. If you are feeling hopeless, desperate or depressed this holiday season, seek wisdom from a friend or counselor, and remember to trust in the Lord and his word. God places wise people around us, and I believe that their words can encourage us when we are at our lowest point.
Has someone ever told you something that helped you, even when you hadn’t asked for advice? Recently, I was worried about something, and in a conversation with a new friend at a Christmas party, I heard the best encouragement I could have ever received. This person was simply sharing her heart with me, but, unbeknownst to her, she lifted my spirit with her words.
I’m thankful that God places us in the midst of others who are wise as we walk our life’s journey. In this sense, I believe there are truly are messengers from God among us. While many a Christmas movie portrays angels and spirits prodding downcast people on to hope, the reality is that there are wise people around each of us. And when we listen to and heed their counsel, we can experience the hope and joy that God provides — not just at Christmas, but all year long.