By Heather Logan
Have you ever felt foolish to those around you? A woman of wisdom according to God can feel foolish in the world.
Becoming a Woman of Wisdom
God has called you to a different way of life. A life that stands out to the world. It can be easy to feel foolish or unwise according to the culture around you. God’s ways will not always mesh with how others expect you to live.
Trying to fit in can be a battle. You want to do things well and look competent, and yet sometimes you may look foolish in order to stay faithful to God. At times you may be the only one opposing a decision because it does not line up with scripture. Your job is not to go along with the crowd; you are called by God to be obedient to his instructions.
The difficulty comes when you have to take a stance that clearly shows you do not agree with the standard that is being set. When you stand your ground on biblical truth, you may be thought of as unwise and ridiculed for it.
Wisdom According to God’s Standard
Growing up, I was not book smart or street smart. I didn’t know the answer to questions that I should’ve known. It didn’t matter how much I studied or tried to learn; things did not stick in my brain and I often felt foolish to those around me.
I remember playing a game with friends in high school. When I got the answer right a friend of mine said, “it must have been an easy question if Heather got it right.” Those words have stuck with me for 15 years. I knew I wasn’t wise according to the world around me.
I spent years feeling insecure and misunderstood because I just wasn’t very smart. In that place, I sought God. I looked to His Word, and I asked him for wisdom over and over again.
Today I am most passionate about telling people about Jesus. I don’t have much to offer in terms of worldly wisdom, but I have found comfort in knowing that I possess something far greater: a wisdom that could only have come from God. I have a love for the Bible and a desire to share the truth of God’s word with those around me.
Your Weakness Is Wisdom
I love what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:25-29 NIV:
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
I have found so much comfort in the fact that God uses my weaknesses to magnify himself. You don’t have to be wise according to the world’s standards. You are not meant to be strong and capable in all things.
God uses your weaknesses to point others to himself. He uses the things that may look foolish to the world to bring glory to his name. Your goal should never be worldly wisdom, but instead godly wisdom.
Ask God for Wisdom
God desires to give you his wisdom and perspective, but you play a part in it: seek him and pray. God told Solomon he could ask for anything, and Solomon asked for wisdom. God loved and honored that request and made him the wisest man to ever live.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5 (NIV)
As you are becoming a woman of wisdom, pray that God will grant it to you and help you apply it to your daily life.
Wife Step: Just as Solomon did in 1 Kings 3:5-15, ask God for wisdom.
Heather is passionate about Jesus, marriage, motherhood, and writing. She and her hubby have 5 kiddos, are enjoying their 2nd decade of marriage, and love being part of the local church. There’s really no such thing as “free time” but if there is a spare moment you’ll likely find Heather writing. She is currently putting the editing touches on her first book and has her sights set on authoring many more. Her love for coffee is strong, and her favorite way to enjoy her caffeine is during a conversation getting to know someone better. Heather’s passion is to encourage women in their pursuit of Jesus in all areas of life.