Did you know that the Bible was written for more than just getting into heaven? For more than saving our souls? And for more than getting right with God? It is equally concerned with living well on earth! The living Word of God is a manual for how to live.
Last month I discussed choosing wisely. Well God gave me a revelation this week via my Pastor that the source of that ability to choose is WISDOM!
I recently read: “Wisdom is the biblical term for ‘on-this-earth-as it-is in-heaven’ everyday living.” *
Jesus’ prayer “thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” shows us that Heaven is not the primary concern for us, but how we live on earth is just as important. The choices we make every day in the seemingly mundane can have great impact on our gaining wisdom. Conceptually, living a ‘good’ life and being a ‘good’ person seems righteous enough. But are you directly pursuing wisdom?
• “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding. Indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” (NIV Proverbs 2:1-5)
• “My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion.” (Proverbs 3:21)
• “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” (James 3:17)
Run after it every day – throughout the day. Are you pursuing Wisdom? It may require effort to disengage from that foolishness you are pursuing right now – that unwise, ungodly behavior that has now become a habit. It’s difficult, but not with Jesus!
Let us be honest: In our society at present, we are prone to the pitfalls of folly. We are seeking to be entertained, indulged and comforted. It is EXTREMELY CONVENIENT to make the unwise choice. Let’s look at just a few day-to-day tasks we face:
• The work day –
Getting to work can prove a deterrent to the pursuit of wisdom – radio station choices; reactions and stress level in rush hour traffic. Water cooler gossip, and interpersonal relationships – are you growing wise, or simply watching the latest YouTube of Honey Boo Boo at someone’s desk?
• Meal choices –
Schedules make it virtually impossible to have meals together at home. Junk food is so easy to find; fast food is yummy and cheaper than preparing a healthy alternative.
• Finding clothing for yourself or your young daughter –
The clothes in the ads, on the mannequins, and prominently displayed are usually, the shortest shorts, the lowest rise, and in other words, the most risqué. It actually takes quite a bit of effort to find clothing that is flattering and modest.
• The book store –
Let’s look at the display of books on the must read tables & sites for teens & adults – “funny, dark, and sexy…” Holly Black**; “Hold on tight for a smart, sexy thrill ride” Linda Bray
• Shopping at the grocery store –
“That greeting card is just so funny!” Really? What are you reading in the checkout line?
I’m not knocking a sense of humor, or cute trendy clothes. I’m simply taking my pastor’s advice to pursue healthy and wise decisions, *** to stop making bad choices so effortlessly! For instance, making a choice to get rid of that book you were going to read, because it is counterproductive to your pursuit of wisdom; or making a decision to not stop at the bar for happy hour, if it means you will be angry when you get home, or that you will make bad decisions on that date; to cancel the subscription to that magazine or credit card if you are out of control; to get rid of that TV show if it is counter your pursuit of wisdom.
Make it a point to SEEK wisdom! Start your day with the Word!
To Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Wisdom
Be Wise & Be Blessed,
*The Message introduction to Proverbs
** City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
*** Pastor Scott, Northway East End