Friday, April 5, 2019

How Wisdom Multiplies Time

By: Sarah Geringer

Wouldn't you love to be able to add time into your schedule? I don't know a single person who wouldn't love a 25-hour day, or an extra day off every week.

That's what strikes me about Proverbs 9:11. The New Living Translation reads, "Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life."

I don't think this verse should be taken absolutely literally. It's not like God is saying, "Start on this wisdom path, and I'll add a day to your life every time you're wise."

No, it's one of these jewels from Proverbs that's a principle, not a guarantee.

Like this one you've probably heard: Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6) I think all of us know someone who grew up in the church, fell away, and never came back.

But that doesn't negate the principle in that proverb. The underlying principle will show its truth most of the time, as long as a person makes wise choices.

Back to today's verse. How does wisdom multiply our days and add years to our life?

Wisdom grants wider perspective. The older I get, the more I feel like time is both short and long. A day sometimes goes by slowly, but a year whizzes by.

Maybe wisdom is seeing time more like God does--to him a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day. I'm not quite there yet (wink), but the older and wiser I get, the more I trust God with my time.

How about you? Do you feel that as you have gotten older, you see time more like God does? Do you have glimpses of heaven that make time on earth feel different in any way? If time looks different to you, thanks to the lenses of wisdom, you can thank God for changing your perspective today.

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings and God's peace to you,

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Reflection questions:

1. How is wisdom multiplying your time?

2. How does God's perspective give you greater peace?

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