As a twenty-one-year-old, I have often looked around at my generation; a coffee loving, authentic living, and traveling obsessed generation, and have felt proud to be a part of it. We grew up with touchscreen phones and iPods, and have never known a world without the internet. We are considered to be the most intelligent generation ever born. Unfortunately, with all our access to knowledge, we lack something way more important.
The bible is filled with countless stories of men and women whose failures and successes were characterized by their use of wisdom. We can look at the life of David, a man whose heart was so pure that God said it mirrored his own. Yet, it took a woman, Abigail to use wisdom in order to calm David’s anger and keep him from sinning against God (1 Samuel 25). If Abigail hadn’t stepped up we might not have had a King David.
The bible is filled with countless stories of men and women whose failures and successes were characterized by their use of wisdom.
Wisdom is more than mere knowledge, it’s the ability to yield knowledge correctly. It’s the ability to keep quite even when it is hard to do so. It’s been able to understand that the Lord can take care of it much better than we ever could. If knowledge is power, then we must use it with caution.
So, here are three reasons why every young woman needs wisdom:
1) Favor and Success
Who doesn’t dream of success? Every young woman wants to succeed whether it is in a career, ministry, or having a beautiful family. Here’s the thing though, you can’t do that without God’s help.
I have the bible app on my iPhone, and when I saw Proverbs 3 pop up in my daily reading notification, I decided to read the entire chapter. I was amazed when I read the first few verses.
Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. (Proverbs 3:3-4, ESV)
Wisdom tells us that success isn’t found through how well we can push others out of our way, but in how well we love. Being steadfast means determination, and faithfulness means integrity. That is the perfect recipe for success; determination and integrity.
If you have ever felt that God isn’t really concerned with your success in life, well let me tell you that He is. He shows you exactly how to use wisdom. If you want success in life, this is how you do it!
2) You will find peace
There is nothing worse than living with anxiety. Trust me, I know. There have been multiple times in my life where I have refused to listen to wise leaders and have gotten myself into some pretty worrisome situations.
Every young woman feels the need to grow independent and begin making her own decisions, but friend, let me give you a piece of advice. The best thing that you could ever do, is to seek wise counsel from those who love you the most. The book of proverbs tells us:
Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. (Proverbs 3:7, ESV)
There was a moment when I wanted to date someone that my parents didn’t approve of. Eventually, that relationship brought anxiety and heartache. I finally decided to listen to my parents and leaders who were seeing warning signs that my blinded self could not see. Finally, I broke it off. I had never felt so much peace in my life before. It was like a huge weight was lifted off of my shoulders.
When we choose to follow the biblical model of seeking wise council, instead of trusting in our own intelligence, we can spare ourselves so much heartache. Trust wisdom.
3) A wise woman is a beautiful woman
Have you ever found yourself looking at how pretty a girl is, and as soon as she opens her mouth your opinion of her changes? I have. Wisdom is truly what makes a woman beautiful, not just her outward appearance.
The book of Proverbs dedicates an entire chapter to describing a pretty remarkable woman. The Proverbs 31 woman is business savvy, and is always prepared for whatever may come. My favorite description of this woman is that “she laughs at the time to come.” (Proverbs 31:25, ESV)
Nothing fazes her. The chapter describes her as always prepared, unwilling to be lazy, and as a woman who makes her husband proud. Now that’s the kind of woman I want to be! She refuses to be unkind or speak words that do not edify. She is remarkable because she is wise.
Hopefully these three reasons encourage you to seek the most precious of jewels, wisdom. Trust me, one of the best things we can ever have in life is wisdom in decisions, plans, and relationships with others. God promises that if we ask for wisdom, we will received it.
God promises that if we ask for wisdom, we will receive it.
By Carla Lopez