Book: Proverbs 3
“Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.”
True life does not come from within ourselves but through our Creator who is the sustainer and source of life. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” Notice He is not only the way and the truth but also the life! True life, true happiness comes from holding on tightly to God, and His wisdom.
Many people are searching for happiness, the meaning of life and a satisfying life. They look to relationships, work, recreational activities, food and drink to make them feel fulfilled but are unwilling to go to the source of life Jesus Christ. Even those who call themselves Christians fall into this category sometimes when they try to do things on their own strength or try to bringing happiness to themselves through things. Life comes through being directly connected with the source of wisdom, Jesus Christ.
Psalm 1 gives a beautiful picture of a healthy, strong tree that is drinking up the water from the river that it’s planted by. It brings forth strong healthy leaves which never wither, produces excellent fruit and is always flourishing. This tree symbolizes a person who is tightly holding onto God’s wisdom, by reading it, meditating on it and applying it into their lives. There is not a moment that goes by that this person is not enjoying the relationship they have with God. Everything in their life is based on and relies on God’s wisdom.
This tree by the river is in the perfect location for it to become all that God designed it to become. There is no better location, no better source of nutrients or required volume of water that this tree could receive to make it rise to full potential. That also is what God is offering to each of us each day.
Take time today to talk with God asking Him if there is anything in your life that is restricting or limiting you from embracing the wisdom He so freely gives. When He identifies something, quickly turn it over to Him and then ask Him what He gives you in return. When you give Him something to get arid of in your life He wants you to receive something good (His wisdom) to fill that place.