PEARL OF WISDOM:
IT’S EASY TO SKIM OVER THIS PEARL OF WISDOM and move on to the next verse, thinking this one applies only to those waging war. But the truth is, life is a battle. It’s easy to sugarcoat or even deny this truth, especially if we are ensconced in lives of material abundance. Solomon was familiar with this human tendency when he wrote, “The rich think of their wealth as a strong defense; they imagine it to be a high wall of safety” (Proverbs 18:11). But the truth is those entrusted with much, have even greater responsibility to fight on behalf of Kingdom missions.
In fact He will likely ask us to press hard into our fears as we face these battles. He wants us to continually seek His divine guidance, and insight at every step and turn of events. But He also calls us to seek the help and advise of others, which we must admit, is a pretty effective way of knitting together the Body of Christ.
INSIGHT TO ACTION
Who has God put around you to speak truth into your life? Who is the iron that sharpens the iron in you? Who regularly arms themselves with truth, righteousness and the gospel of peace? Who loves you and loves God so much they are willing to ask the uncomfortable questions and challenge your assumptions about the battle ahead?
Make a list of all your Christian advisors. Each one may be consulted at different times based on their unique perspective. But certain advisors will stand out as tested prayer warriors and trusted battle consultants. Seek these advisors out regularly, and seek to be one for others. In the business world, these types of groups are known as masterminds. The word mastermind is a battle term, but used here describes a friendly alliance with one or more people who will encourage you to follow through with both plan and purpose. This type of group among Christians would be a wise application of Solomon’s wisdom.
Have you cultivated relationships with trusted advisors? Do you share your time and insight with others in your life? Have you seen God work through these relationships to provide insight for life’s battles? Share your thoughts in conversation on Facebook.