Daily Bible Inspirations

Not a Child’s Wisdom

by Heather Tietz

Don’t be wise in your own eyes. Fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It will be health to your body, and nourishment to your bones.

Proverbs 3:7-8

Children can be wise in their own eyes.

When my girls were little, quiet in the house was at times a bad thing. It could mean that somewhere there was a child intensely working on a project, like crayon art on the wall, a pedicure with mascara, a medicine taste-test, or playing barbershop with a sibling.

In the mind of a preschooler, chaos-creating endeavors are brilliant ideas. Perhaps to an all-knowing Father, our grownup wisdom is not so different.

God gives us parameters for life – not walls, or jail bars, but guidelines for inner peace, physical rest, and health. God’s insistence on a Sabbath, for example, is one way He leads us to de-stress and rejuvenate.

Tithing is a way God helps us dethrone money in our lives, making us less self-centered and more hospitable. Forgiving others leads us to shed those inner tensions that can ruin the friendships we need. Loving others helps us build relationships that make life sweeter. Faith, trust, hope, patience, a meditation on God’s Word replace disease-causing worry.

We need to lay down our simple wisdom when we come to God’s Word and trust Him.

The Bible is full of great, health-giving proverbs, life-changing stories and loving laws that God gave us to for abundant life.


Loving Heavenly Father,
Please gift me with Your wisdom.
I pray for the dual blessings of spiritual and physical health.
Thank You for nourishing my soul with Your Word.
In Jesus’ holy name I pray, Amen.