It has always been one of my goals to live a life presentable to God, to someday hear God say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” But because of the conflict between flesh and spirit I sometimes feel lucky if I get to hear God say, “Well at least you made it through the pearly gates.”
Living a life presentable to God needs to start somewhere and where that is or how that looks can be different for various people. I think as we grow in faith and move from milk to solids we can better understand what this kind of life looks like. King Solomon did well when he asked God for wisdom, why? Because wisdom gives the ability to see deeply into the past and future allowing people to weigh cause and effect, taking all things into account before reacting.
Proverbs 8:10-11 Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.
Wisdom is often misunderstood. There are many that believe wisdom equals smarts. Granted, intelligent people can be wise but that isn’t wisdom. I know many VERY smart people that do VERY dumb things.
When we think about our grandparents we think that they are wise, that wisdom comes with age. True, the older we get the more opportunities we have to learn from our mistakes but again; age does not equal wisdom. We are surrounded by people that are older than we are that continue to make the same mistakes over and over again expecting different results.
Age and intelligence do not equal wisdom, neither does information. We live in an age where information is everywhere, good and bad. But just because the information is available it doesn’t mean people will know what to do with it. To better understand wisdom consider the following words:
- Discerning Heart
- Distinguish Right from Wrong
- Good Decision Making
- Life, Joy and Peace
Understand wisdom more by considering words that describe the opposite of wisdom:
Foolish decisions lead to bad decisions, unhappiness and destruction. Often when we are faced with a tragedy, such as divorce, we will do anything to make the pain go away. We lash out in anger and do things that may trick us into thinking it is a good decision but we find out later that it was short-sighted and we are even worse off than before. Understand, there is no quick fix for the loss caused due to divorce. It will take time to heal and by making wise decisions, not always the ones that bring instant gratification, you will be better off in the end.
Achieving wisdom may sound like a very hard thing to do but in fact it is quite simple – James 1:5 says to ask God. Mathew 7:24 says that if you hear the words of God and put them into practice you are wise. Wisdom comes with relationship with God, walking in His will. You get there by asking, studying, reflecting on the word and putting the words of Jesus into practice.