Wisdom: What is it? And how does it apply to child welfare cases?

Love is manifested in wisdom. In my search for answers, someone that can help with complex situations, strength, and courage, I found that what I really need is wisdom. American theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr wrote, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference,” but what are things that we can and cannot change? How do we distinguish the difference? I turned to my Bible because it has withstood the test of time and no man’s words have done that.

1 Corinthians 3:18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.

Wisdom will lead us to God. Through my reading and study of wisdom and what it means I have concluded that wisdom is something that we have to ask for. We have to connect with God to ask for and receive it. But who can do that? Is anyone strong enough? I have asked God for wisdom in prayer, but did I even understand what I was saying?

Wisdom, I think will bring strength and courage through obedience and faith. We have to have faith and love him with the hearts of servants. We have to love others. We have to have faith that God is with us. Faith that God knows and cares. Faith stands by our side in the most troubling times and leads to wisdom and peace. God’s gift of wisdom brings peace as we humble ourselves and learn to experience joy.

David wrote, “Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart” (Psalms. 119:2). Others will see the blessings and faith and love will spill over into their lives. They will learn to follow, and then to lead. They will become joyful too. Is wisdom the narrow path that we’ve heard about? That religions around the world argue about? Did I imagine the road to heaven that God laid out for us? I don’t know.

“He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun” (Psalm 37:6).

Through obedience and wisdom the world will become even more beautiful than it is now. People will discover grace. Humility will not be a bad word. It will mean that we are human. Humble and caring humans. Real live flesh and bone with blood running through our veins, content. Content and compassionate. Compassion will grow like flowers. People will grow and become wiser, stronger, more courageous, and most of all more faithful to God and caring of others. People will be thoughtful.

I don’t know who is wise and who is foolish. Maybe we are all foolish, but I did find a mystical scripture in Romans 8 that in English says, “And in like manner the Spirit joins also its help to our weakness; for we do not know what we should pray for as is fitting, but the Spirit itself makes intercession with groanings which cannot be uttered. So even though I do not know what I can change and what I cannot change, the Spirit does. And with that I think I found that by walking with faith and seeking wisdom from God that those things that man says I cannot change will be changed.

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped…” Psalms 28:7

That is a beautiful verse, but the world is still a messed up place. How does that apply to my life now? And I in my search for wisdom I find Proverbs 1:22; “How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?”.

Proverbs 1:22; “How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?”

1 Kings 3:16–28 tells the story of King Solomon’s Judgement. The story involves two mothers with two babies that lived in the same house. One baby died while asleep. The mother of the dead baby claimed the other woman’s live child to be her own and the argument over the living child caught the king’s attention. King Solomon declared his judgment: the baby would be cut in two, each woman would receive half. One mother did not contest the ruling, declaring that if she could not have the baby then neither of them could, but the other begged Solomon, “Give the baby to her, just don’t kill him!”. The king declared the second woman the true mother, as a mother would even give up her baby if that was necessary to save its life, and awarded her custody. This judgment became known throughout all of Israel and was considered an example of profound wisdom.

And now, as I reflect on so many people arguing over custody of children in courts, and so many protests, and so many trying to change the way the world works while governments and powerful people in high places ignore constituents, I am brought to Proverbs Chapter 1: “Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets”.

Minding Hearts is building advocacy and peer support groups in each state. The groups are created to raise awareness, educate, and advocate for those that might not otherwise be heard. We are here for encouragement, education, and support. We cannot give legal advice, but we can try and direct you in the right direction with your case. Links to legal services are listed with their states. Please share and let’s grow our groups. We are here to support families and develop resources that maintain family integrity. We look forward to your support. If you would rather become active by donating, then visit the donation page. Thank you.

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