Life is better lived with the grain, rather than attempting to cut across it. Life with the grain means living according to God’s wisdom.
Wisdom is listening to discern what people mean, rather than what they say.
When Moses asks the Lord to teach us to number our days, Psalm 90.12, what he means is this: The sovereign God shows us the brevity and uncertainty of earthly human life. Man speaks of longevity, but we fly away quickly. In that knowledge, we seek the #wisdom of fearing God.
You can’t have wisdom on the tip of your tongue without first storing it up in the heart. “For it will be pleasing if you keep them in your heart, so they may be ready on your lips” Prov 22.18 NLV.
Life is never stationary: we either go up or down. “For the wise the path of life leads upward, in order to avoid Sheol below” Proverbs 15.24 NRSV.
If wisdom is walking according to God’s way, it deserves constant focus. “Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom” Pr 17.24 NLT.
Wisdom looks beyond superficial characteristics of a way of life to see its true nature. “The wisdom of the prudent helps him know how to live, but a fool’s stupidity deceives him” Pro 14.8 ISV.