“Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom. And with all thy getting get understanding”
There are few messages more powerful and necessary in the world of business today. The business world is one that is filled with power (or ambition), mystery, intrigue, theft, betrayal, loss and victory. Contrary to what many assume, it is a highly spiritual world and all experienced practitioners know this to one degree or another.
So, when the proverb says, get wisdom – this counsel is vital for life, success, protection and progress. Understanding is also necessary and is differentiated by the fact that while knowledge reveals facts, understanding gives context and insight into why a fact is pertinent to a situation or person.
Sometimes, we get a gut check about something or someone and can’t fathom the reason why. It is understanding that allows us the insight to know the reason behind the hesitation and why ‘the check’ is important to our situation in particular.
I have found that acquiring wisdom can be very costly, but infinitely worth the effort. Wisdom is what helps me to know what to do next or how to correct mistakes. In fact, the costliest mistakes are not the ones you pay for and learn from; rather, they are those you never catch or understand – and thereby continue to be ravaged by.
Acquiring understanding helps us to gain a comprehensive picture of the situation and/or individual; this level of insight now becomes an intrinsic part of one’s being. It also provides a strong basis of clarity for the future.
Ultimately, God is the Provider of wisdom because only He knows completely, the thoughts and intentions of the human heart – including my own. #wisdom #understanding #insight #inspiration © 2016
To see & to be seen are some of the most precious gifts in life. The gift of clear sight allows us to have a unique understanding and appreciation.
When it is obstructed or weakened, our view becomes distorted resulting in false perceptions. Without correction, we eventually become blind.
When we see another with clarity, we precieve who they are. Like the American Indian proverb says, ‘you don’t really know a man until you have walked a mile in his moccasins’.
Right seeing of another human being requires the ability to look through the lens of compassion and understanding. These two filters are vital. Without them, the lens of human judgement tends to err by causing us to see what we want to see, what we’d like to see or what we think we’re seeing.
One of the most precious gifts the Heavenly Father gives to us is the fact that he sees us and hears us. I remember the story of the servant girl, Hagar who was sent away with her son Ishmael to die in the desert after Sarah, Abraham’s wife drove her away from the household. Parched with thirst and dreading the inevitability of watching her son die from thirst, she is met by a God who sees her the desperate need for physical water. Her encounter with God not only challenges her fear and despair but brings spiritual refreshment to a soul which had been used and rejected and shores up a future destiny which seemed compromised beyond redemption.
Into that darkness, the God who sees and hears speaks hope and destiny to a situation which seemed hopeless. The gift of being seen is a refreshing cleansing that gently sheds the outer mask to reveal the vital beauty and incredible core of complexity within the human spirit. When one experiences this, it is like the soul is freed to simply be. Because it knows that the true core essence has been recognized. Where normal sight only perceived a forsaken mother and son duo, God saw the budding seed of a great nation in a young man who would become a skilled archer.
To truly see and to be seen require courageous fortitude. Because our fear of the unknown and the unexpected are some of the most formidable obstacles to insight known to man. The challenge of an excellent life, is to be willing to not only see, but to be seen. There is a vulnerability to allowing ourselves to simply be seen for who we are, not what we prefer to reveal. God’s grace invites us to enter into relationship and to receive with humility, the gift of intimacy – into me see. Where our souls are free to be.
Read the full text of the story of Hagar here.