The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

Proverbs 4:7 NIV

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In an online article called “The Wisdom of Our National Parks,” The Walrus writes: “Parks Canada has devoted a great deal of energy in the past decade to increasing visitor numbers. They have offered learn-to-camp sessions and ready-made oTENTik cabins. They have featured more people of colour on their social media in an attempt to attract newer Canadians and those from different ethnic backgrounds. They have even ostentatiously planted bright red oversized Muskoka chairs at the best viewpoints for ready-made selfies.”

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When Solomon stepped into His role as King of Israel, God gave Him a choice – riches or wisdom. Many of the nearby kings were in it for the money. They were rich beyond measure. What they often lacked was wisdom – those who were wise are the few we remember. Solomon asked God for wisdom – he knew that if He was going to govern well, He needed the wisdom that God alone could offer. Out of God’s wisdom, Solomon wrote the book of Proverbs and we would be wise to heed what it says. So, it shouldn’t surprise us that in Proverbs 4:7 he writes, “The beginning of wisdom is this: get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Whatever the cost, Solomon says, get wisdom. The wisest thing you can do, the beginning of wisdom Solomon says, is to ask God for His wisdom. Solomon never regretted asking the Lord for wisdom. It saved Him from making poor decisions in His personal life and for the lives of the millions of people for whom he was responsible. We may never be a king, but in our daily lives we need God’s wisdom. Do whatever you need to in order to get it.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley