Proverbs 3:7 [Amplified Bible] says, “Be not wise in your own eyes; reverently fear and worship the Lord and turn [entirely] away from evil.”

How much I like to try to be wise.. don’t we all like to think we’re wise? ..but I don’t want it to be in my own eyes. Being wise in my own eyes would mean leaning and depending on my own understanding.. and I’m definitely not up to that.

“..the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle). [It is willing to] yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned (free from doubts, wavering, and insincerity).” — James 3:17, Amplified Bible

I want this real wisdom. It trusts God.

If you go a little further into Proverbs 3, verses 19-20 tell us that by wisdom, knowledge, and understanding God laid out the foundation for the earth.. set the sky up just right.. made the oceans and dew.. He knew just exactly how to make everything work together to be perfect. If He can make the whole world with all His wisdom.. shouldn’t I rely on that same wisdom — the wisdom from Him, from above.. rather than wisdom in my own eyes?

Don’t let wisdom and understanding escape from your sight. Keep it there in front of you and strive for it. Just look at what will happen when we do…

“My son, let them not escape from your sight, but keep sound and godly Wisdom and discretion, and they will be life to your inner self, and a gracious ornament to your neck (your outer self). Then you will walk in your way securely and in confident trust, and you shall not dash your foot or stumble. When you lie down, you shall not be afraid; yes, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet. Be not afraid of sudden terror and panic, nor of the stormy blast or the storm and ruin of the wicked when it comes [for you will be guiltless], for the Lord shall be your confidence, firm and strong, and shall keep your foot from being caught [in a trap or some hidden danger].” [Proverbs 3:21-26, Amplified Bible]

And no, we’re not given these words to say that nothing bad will ever happen to us. But when there is terror, when there are storms.. God is still near to us. And when we are living with His wisdom.. I think we’ll better remember that He’s here. We won’t fear so much, but we’ll instead be secure and have a confident trust in Him.