This is a question that I think is critical to ask ourselves, and I think in different seasons we will have different answers depending on what is happening either around us in our circumstances, or in us as a result of the Holy Spirit’s work. (I spent some time in a Grade 11 class today observing a very good teacher and she asked this question of her students, which in turn prompted me to write about this very thing that I, too, have been reflecting on lately.)
As of this moment, my answer to that question would be this: I want to be someone who is wise and who gives wise council to others.
In recent weeks I have been reflecting on a couple of verses from Proverbs 24: 3-6. It reads as follows: By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise person is full of strength and a person of knowledge enhances their might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.
I am reminded that we need not only God’s perspective on things, but that we need to understand God’s perspective – we need his eyes. He brings clarity! His WORDS are a “lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path”. And when we have God’s wisdom we can be “firm in our purpose” as one commentator said and “brave in our conduct” as another said. We become less reckless!
It’s hard at times to walk in what we know, I get that, but I love the idea of my house (both literally and figuratively) being one that is filled “with all precious and pleasant riches.”
And I embrace this truth “for waging war you need guidance and for victory many advisors,” but the Scripture here is not talking about just any advisors, it’s talking about those filled with God’s wisdom.
Today this is my prayer: Lord, help me to see as you see. Help me to understand your revealed truth as found in the Scriptures and extend me much grace to walk those things out. And Lord, use me to be a wise advisor to another in need for you glory and your kingdom purposes. Amen
The Reverend Carmen Kampman is a woman on the road of leadership. Ordained with the PAOC, she is a steward of God’s call to women in ministry. She is on staff at Horizon College & Seminary and a graduate student in the Masters of Leadership program at Briercrest Seminary.