Being open to the Spirit is imperative. When we close our minds to His voice, we restrict the Spirit like a tournequet.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. Pr 8:12
Jesus is the ONLY ONE who has all wisdom. He IS wisdom (1 Cor. 1:24). We, on the other hand, have a limited perspective, and most likely a distorted perspective (or, at least, colored). The problem is we are subjective: we are in the middle of life, the battlefield, the arena, so to speak. We can’t see the forest (the overall picture) because are in and among the trees.
- Jesus is aware of our predicament. In fact, He has set in place the perfect remedy: Himself! He made it so He could come and live in us to help guide us along life’s difficult path. We will always come out saved, but not unscathed. We will have:
- scars from old battles,
- wounds from new battles,
- “amputations” (parts of us that we have had to cut off for the sake of our relationship with Him-see Mt. 18:8-9),
- and memories that will only be healed in eternity.
Let’s take seriously the last few verses of this chapter:
32 “Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. 33 Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it. 34 Blessed is the man [person] who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. 35 For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD. 36 But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love [court] death.” Pr 8:32-36