“Make your ear attentive to wisdom and incline your heart to understanding.” Proverbs 2:2
I sat back in silence and looked up from my screen. My mind was a mess of turmoil; thinking, counter-arguing, crying, and pleading for the sake of what’s good and right. Tears of anguish filled my eyes and I closed them slowly releasing a few droplets of water. Slowing they found a path down my cheeks and dripped of my jaw line leaving salty runways on my face.
The whole world has gone mad.
My mind searched my knowledge of history, culture, and world news: when did it begin to go wrong? My mind’s eye shifted as images begin to spin into a vortex; spinning through history, back, back…farther back… The spin would slow and an image was pushed forward briefly. It started before Hitler. His face retracted and was dissolved into the vortex again. The spinning slowed again, the image of the cross and Calvary appeared.
No, it was before that too. The vortex engulfed the image as my mind continued to swirl.
It was before King Saul, farther back than Sodom and Gomora…
The image of humanity before The Flood popped into my mind. The evil men and women of the time appeared and they were hell bent on destruction and depravity; hell bent on eternal immorality.
The Nephilim with their reign of wickedness appeared in my mind.
Did that time look like today? Was it worse? It must have been worse, even back then because God has not given up on us yet but he was about to flood the whole earth…
The vortex in my mind snatched up the picture and the image joined the rest of the images spinning past me.
And then the image was there suddenly, standing a part from the vortex. A single moment in time floating in the forefront of my mind as images flashed behind it like a tornado of lightening.
I saw the backs of Adam and Eve as they reached up into that forbidden tree so long ago. Eve’s arm delicately reached up into the leaves, her perfect skin looked soft in the morning light, her finger tips gently caressing a gleaming red apple. It looked so perfect and succulent and then with a tiny tip of her hand…pluck…
The vortex screamed angrily and the picture of Adam and Eve was sucked in as the spinning raged, colors flashed fiercely and just like that the vortex spun itself out and in the real world a door slammed shut as my little daughter came bounding into the house from outside…
Proverbs implores us to seek wisdom: “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get Wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her. She will place on your head a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown…Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on.” Proverbs 4:7-9, 14, 15
Not just good sense or intelligence but godly wisdom. When the world around us seems to be spinning out of control and when reason and sense and morality and value and honor seem to have failed, wisdom keeps us from succumbing to the lies and the mayhem of sin. Wisdom from the Lord keeps us grounded. The world is full of lies and the masses seem to eat up those lies like a delicacy on which they have the privilege of gorging themselves.
My heart is frequently broken by the news and the horrors that exist in this world. Broken families, sex trafficking, the murdering of the most innocent lives of all, our babies…
The drug epidemic, the suicide rates, the poverty, famine, and war…
Be quiet my heart. Be still. The LORD is good and his mercy is every lasting…(Ps. 107:1)
Who can stop the freight train of destruction this world seems to be on?
Certainly, not I.
But HE will. One day Jesus will return and he will put an end to the enemy and his carnage. Until then, we are to keep steady, plead for wisdom and understanding and walk the path of righteousness. Even as the world around us rages, storms, and crumbles we must stay strong in faith. The LORD loves those who love his path and he promises that, “The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day,” Prov 4:18.
So walk the path of the righteous. “For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6 Shine brightly! Shine with the love of God. Because, we know that the Light pierces the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome it (John 1:5)
Let the remnant repent of our sins and pray for our land.
Let the remnant seek godly wisdom and understanding and turn away fom the path of the wicked.
Let the remnant…let us… be a light of love in this dark world.
Jacqi Kambish is a Christian mom to three spirited children striving to balance the daily demands of parenting a child with special needs and meeting the needs of typically developing siblings while working full time and writing. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Bible Theology and Youth Ministry from William Jessup University. Jacqi lives with her family in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado and enjoys reflectively writing about parenting, faith, and the joys and trials of life while leaving her readers with hope and encouragement. Her blog The Presumptuous Ladybug can be found at and you can connect with her on Facebook.
Further reading: Proverbs 8:1-11 and Proverbs 2:1-19