My little girl is learning to walk. Out in the open, away from the comfort of a couch's edge, the only steps she will confidently take are with her hand tucked securely in mine. Sure, she likes the little toy walker she can push, but inevitably she runs into a wall and has no bearings to reverse. She cruises easily around the coffee table, but it can't take her to her favorite place in the house: her room. But if she's holding Mama's hand, she can go left and right, curve around a corner, and walk with as much confidence as her little legs can muster.
I know the analogy falls short because at some time I'd like for her to be able to walk on her own. But for now, her walking, her navigating, her treading on paths she's never walked before, is best done within inches of the one who brings her the most security, comfort, and confidence. Whose role is always to look out for her, to protect her, to see her flourish.
Are you walking roads you've yet to encounter thus far in your life? Are you in need of new navigating skills to discern the way to go? Are you paralyzed, staying in the comfort of familiar places, because you just don't know how to move forward without a hand to guide you and make you feel safe?
Are you in a new season of life and feel overwhelmed by the terrain you're traveling? Tempted to check out or grow anxious or collapse altogether?
Do you have hard relationships in your life that make you crazy, frustrated, sad, confused, or helpless and have no idea how to navigate interactions with these people?
Do you have regular trouble with indecision? To the point that you either second-guess every choice or you don't decide anything at all?
Friend, we've had you in mind as we created our newest resource: The Way of Wisdom. This study will help foster these necessary elements to learn to navigate the world around you:
To grow in wisdom, we require a certain dependence on God. Wisdom is birthed from humility, from fearing the LORD and learning to be led by Him into paths of righteousness. Wisdom comes to those who reach out their hands and acknowledge their need, to those who take hold of the rich treasure that is theirs in Christ, the very Wisdom of God.
To grow in wisdom, we require a certain nearness to God. We need the gift of discerning His voice, of following His lead, of leaning in when the roads are long or dark or simply too difficult to navigate. And if we will be close to God, we must keep on this path of sanctification that wisdom offers, becoming better fit day after day to love His presence, to notice it, to welcome it, to find our fullness of joy being ever in it.
With this as our foundation, we must add an essential element to growing in wisdom. Proverbs makes clear: wisdom does not come to those who are not actively seeking it. Notice the strong if—then statements from chapter two:
The Way of Wisdom is a resource for personal study on the book of Proverbs. It's a digital download, making it easy to access and get started as soon as you’re able. In this beautiful biblical helpmate, you'll find an introduction and background before starting, along with information on the book of Proverbs as a whole. You'll also receive two additional articles: A Word on Wisdom and Growth: Experiencing Change by the Power of the Gospel. And—since this is Words Worth Noting—three stunning art prints!
But the very best part of The Way of Wisdom is the part provided for you to actively seek after wisdom: Theme Pages. We've curated a list of themes found within Proverbs (like work, speech, parenting, decision-making, and many others) and given additional Scripture to advance your study. The pages following allow room to collect verses from your chosen themes with summary spaces and questions to solidify what you’ve learned. We firmly believe the Theme Pages will serve your efforts at growing in the areas you most need wisdom.
While we require that only one copy be printed with each purchase, we highly encourage The Way of Wisdom to be done in discipleship or community of some kind. Walking with the wise will foster wisdom, and what an opportunity to give and receive the specific thematic wisdom each of you discover.
Let us seek wisdom like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, for we will find security, peace, understanding, protection, discernment, rest, and better still: God Himself.