To discern the sayings of understanding,
To receive instruction in wise behavior. Righteousness, justice and equity;
To give prudence to the haive,
To the youth knowledge and discretion,
A wise man will hear and increase in learning,
And a man of understanding
will acquire wise counsel,
To understand a proverb and a figure,
The words of the wise and their riddles." Proverbs 1:2-6
"Do not envy a man of violence,
And do not choose any of his ways." Proverbs 3:31
My son Hawk and I are reading a book about Pierre Auguste Renoir written by his son. One of Renoir's main ways of living life was to "be a cork" in a stream, go where it takes you -- meaning we need to stay flexible with the changes about us.
This is so important to the one who wants to lead a spiritual life. We have to stay flexible.
(And I'm not talking about compromising your faith -- a cork stays a cork no matter how fast that stream is moving).
Read the verses above again. Look how we gain wisdom. Look how we learn how to live a godly life. It is never through force or manipulation or rigged doggedness. It is by knowing, discerning, receiving, giving, hearing and understanding."
Contrast these actions with the person mentioned in the last verse
This person gains by violence, by forcing a situation, by forcing his will, by manipulating her circumstances.
This isn't God's way EVER.
If you find yourself in a situation that cannot change, that will be your reality for a while, learn from it. Flow with it. Let it teach you. Enjoy it. Find Jesus in it. Let it mold you and shape you more into God's image.
Life is truly full of seasons. Maybe you aren't in your favorite season of life, but it is as necessary as the one you find so fulfilling. Just as the seasons are necessary for the earth's vegetation to grow, so the seasons in our lives are necessary for our spiritual growth.