Biblical wisdom is not knowing how to potty train your child in a day. It’s not necessarily having eight children sitting quietly during a wait at a doctor’s office. Knowing how to save $50.00 a week at the grocery store is an accomplishment, but it is not wisdom.
When I pray for wisdom, I have to confess that it’s usually because I want my child to do something, and I don’t know how to do it. Then I rack my brain for solutions to the problem. That sometimes results in good, common sense solutions, but it’s not what Jesus describes as the process and source for wisdom.
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: (Matthew 7:24-26)
If I want to be wise, I must do a better job identifying true wisdom. Then, instead of stopping after thinking through development, motivations, and solutions, I’ll ask myself (and God) what Scriptures actually bear on my situation. I do think there is a point where a mom could be applying Scripture to her life without being aware of it, but I suspect that’s the mom who is immersed in the Word of God, and isn’t even aware that she’s thinking biblical thoughts on a regular basis. I’d like to be like that.