Everyone Likes to be Liked
Everyone likes to be liked. We strive for our kids to be accepted. We purchase things that we think will make us look better, richer, skinnier, successful. We look and act a certain way, hoping to attract a certain type of person. But guess what? Those things are only temporarily successful.
What to know what really attracts people?
That’s right. Proverbs 3 tells us that if we keep God’s commands, living a life of loyalty to the principles of God’s Word, and hiding God’s word in our heart through memorization and meditation, we will find favor and high regard in the sight of God AND man.
A perfect example of this is found in God’s Word. Joseph, although falsely accused and imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit, found himself very wanted for the wisdom he had displayed using the uncommon gift of dream interpretation God had given him. He found favor and was consistently rewarded for his measure of wisdom. Because he was in tune with God’s ways, he was able to discern what he should say to those who questioned and were concerned about their dreams. He was able to warn of a coming famine, specific death and danger. His wisdom saved lives and warned others that their lives were in danger.
In the end, he not only won the respect of high status officials, but also that of his estranged family, who had left him for dead years before. Truly the favor of God and man was on him.
You may never be the smartest, prettiest, richest person in the room, but you can be the wisest. We are learning that true wisdom comes from knowing the word of God. Are we studying, are we meditating on it, are we pondering it, acting on it? That’s how true wisdom is found. Practice, practice, practice.
What is one biblical truth you can start practicing today so that you can be more wise tomorrow?