A Note From
Walking in Wisdom…
What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens, but you ignore the more important aspects of the law-justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.
(Matthew 23:23 NLT)
(Matthew 23:23 NLT)
In life, we are often trying to determine the appropriate course of action for a given situation. It is not always easy to balance the competing interests and needs that face us each day. And, you will likely agree with me that the hardest choices are not between good and bad, or right and wrong. We generally know what to do in those circumstances, even if we wish that we did not. But rather, it is navigating between doing what’s good and what’s better or best that most often trips us up.
One thing that can and does help us in our daily quest to do the right things is putting faith and confidence in Jesus Christ. The Bible declares that Jesus is our wisdom. (1 Corinthians 1:30) Moreover, in the book of James we learn that if we lack wisdom, we can ask God who will give it to us in abundance. (1:5) So, godly wisdom is always available to help us. We simply have to take the time to seek it and then have the courage to follow it once we get it.
Drawing closer to God and developing a stronger relationship with Christ through prayer and Bible reading will help us to walk in wisdom. Because, as I mentioned in last week’s sermon, we cannot please a God that we do not know. We cannot gain godly wisdom unless we spend time with God and listen to those who are wise.
We must be careful however, not to equate having knowledge about scripture and experiences with religious things, to walking in godly wisdom. Knowing what the Bible says is not the same as having a personal experience with Christ and understanding the heart and will of God. We saw this fact recently when one of our Nation’s leaders quoted verses from the Bible to justify a policy decision that missed God’s heart and contradicted God’s character. It was akin to what Jesus addressed in the verse above from Matthew 23. As you seek to walk in wisdom, remember to prioritize the more important aspects of God’s law – justice, mercy, faith – above even biblical rules. Keep asking God to show you God’s heart, mind and will for every situation. Only then, will you be wise.
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40 NIV)
Loving and Praying for you,