“A wise warrior is better than a strong one, and a man of knowledge more than one of strength”
Proverbs 24:5 (CSB)
Jumping with lighting quick speed, spinning in an attempt to catch her tail, sliding into the sofa, and then finally, with sleekness and stealth, army crawling along the carpet, our new kitten Daisy makes her way around our living room on a regular basis. This sweet ball of tortoiseshell fur has brought us great joy this week. At the same time, she has reminded me that wisdom is important.
Since Daisy is new to our home, and really to the world, she has lots to learn, and when she listens and obeys, she is applying wisdom to her life. For instance, when we show her where her litter box is, she remembers where to go when she has to go to the bathroom. If she jumps on something she’s not supposed to, we tell her, “No” and redirect her, and she remembers her instruction, which keeps her safe and out of trouble.
But, there are times when Daisy tries to use her strength instead of wisdom to get what she wants. Just today, she jumped up in the chair with Caroline while she was eating, and Caroline put her down and told her, “No.” Daisy jumped up again. In fact she did this four times before she realized that her strength wasn’t as great as Caroline’s, and that just following instruction, using wisdom, was the better way to go.
God, our father in heaven, gives us instructions, just like we do for Daisy, to keep us safe. Solomon tells us in Proverbs 24:5 that using wisdom is better than using strength. When we wisely follow God’s word, we find grace and peace.
Are you currently struggling to do something in your own power, or are you railing against God to try to get your way? Or, have you shown wisdom by consulting God on a decision or situation in which your strength isn’t helping you?
So often, we try to do things in our own power, thinking that we can force our own way with our might, but this never works out. Even if we win the battle in some cases, we will not win the war. The entire book of Proverbs focuses on wisdom- getting it, using it, and keeping it. How do we do this? We do it by reading God’s word, seeking him in prayer, and humbly relying on him and trusting him in all things.
Our kitten Daisy is learning to trust her new owners in all things, and, like her, we can learn to trust God in all things. After all, wisdom beats strength every time. Flex those wisdom muscles as you grow in God’s word!