Monday, September 23, 2013

True wisdom comes from God

           A couple of things happened this past week that caught the attention of many people. I’m not talking about the President’s trip to St. Petersburg, Russia for an economic summit meeting. Nor am I speaking of the discussions going on in Washington about a possible missile strike in Syria. The events I’m talking about were not all that unusual but caught the attention of and brightened the hearts of people all across America. This week marked the start of the professional football season. This brought a smile to the thousands of avid football fans.
The second significant event was the first day of school for thousands of public school children in Virginia and across the country.  For three months now parents have been waiting anxiously for this day. Now that it has arrived attention will turn to doing homework, carrying out assignments, preparing for and taking tests - all done in the pursuit of getting a good education.
Closely related to education and often confused with it is wisdom. They’re not the same. A person may have a great education, being filled with knowledge yet lack wisdom. A smart person may do well on Jeopardy but make a mess out every day life situations because of a lack of wisdom. If one had to choose, a wise choice would be to choose wisdom. Wisdom is often gained over time. It often comes from experience. It can be acquired from others. If fact, we would be wise to listen to the advice of others who possess the gift of wisdom.
No place is this more true than ones spiritual life. Solomon, one of the wisest people who has ever lived describes it this way. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (Proverbs 9:12). Knowing the Holy One leads to knowledge and understanding. So where do we learn of him? Only one place – God’s Word.
Through God’s Word, the Holy Spirit brings us faith. He enables us to see Jesus as our Savior, to treasure God’s forgiveness, and experience his love. We learn how to raise our children and see them as gifts from God. We are taught how to treat our spouse.
True wisdom changes our life and the decisions we make. We see our possessions as gifts on loan from God to be used according to his will. We see the world as the creation of God for the good of mankind. We live to serve God and others not ourselves.
Most important of all, we see the Savior as our greatest treasure and eternal life as our greatest blessing – to be treasured above all else – to be shared with everyone we can. All to the glory of God.