By Allen White
The person with understanding is always looking for wisdom, but the mind of a fool wanders everywhere. Proverbs 17:24 (NCV)
Think about how many weight loss programs have been around over the years. Remember the grapefruit diet? We could burn away calories, even as we slept (and probably end up with an ulcer). Some friends did this cabbage and tomato soup diet. They could eat as much as they wanted, but that was all they could eat. Then, there’s Atkins, South Beach, the Zone, Weight Watchers, Nutrasystem and the list goes on. My favorite has always been the Seefood diet. You eat whatever you see. You don’t actually lose any weight, but it’s much more enjoyable than the others.
The key to losing weight is to eat less and to exercise more. The key to getting out of debt is to earn more and spend less. The principles are simple, yet we always search for an “easier” way.
If we want to change the way we live, then we must change the way we think. We need to focus on a single path and stop dabbling in 14 different things. As the great theologian, Alice in Wonderland, once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” But, which path do we take?
The Bible says the “person with understanding” or the intelligent person looks for wisdom. The fool will fall for anything. Wisdom is not so hard to find. The Bible gives us wisdom. Mature believers can give us wisdom. God promises to give us wisdom.
There is wisdom in persevering in God’s ways rather than persisting in our own ways. There is wisdom in evaluating how we are going about things and making a course correction when necessary. There is also wisdom in working things out rather than just getting out.
Where do you need wisdom today? The Bible says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5).
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