Sunday, December 02, 2007

Does Age Bring Wisdom?

As I get older, I realize that the more I think I know, the less I actually know. When you measure knowledge by what you've learned over the years, you amass a certain wisdom that there is so very much more to know. What we know does not necessarily make us wise. Solomon asked God for wisdom to be given him, and yet Solomon toward the end of his life struggled with striving for knowledge and gaining wisdom that was "meaningless" in the world. Ecclesiastes 1:13 reveals his struggle: "I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men!" In verse 1:18, "For with much wisdom comes much sorrow, the more knowledge, the more grief."

In the New Testament, Paul writes to the Corinthians in 3:19, "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight."
So how do we as humans separate the knowledge we gain in this world from the wisdom that God desires for us? The Apostle Paul told us that "It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption." Can you grasp that statement that Christ became wisdom for us? Why?
Paul tells us "so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power (2:5)." " one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words(vs. 11b-13).......we have the mind of Christ.(vs. 16b)"

Wisdom that God gives us is fathomless---He will teach us about Himself, I believe, throughout eternity. "The wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight" (I Cor. 3:19) Jesus, by becoming wisdom for us, offered Himself as the practical answer to the dilemmas of sin in the world. Adam and Eve sold their soul for the "knowledge of good and evil." Jesus came to pay the ultimate price for that one act---to "take away the sin of the world." Jesus became sin for us and met the requirements of an Almighty Holy God to redeem us from sin. Only the wisdom of God could plan out to perfection His plan for the redemption of man.

I pray that God has allowed you to wisely make the choice to receive Christ as your personal Savior, because, whether young or old in age, that is the one and only important decision that you will ever make to assure you of eternal life.

Jesus is our Wisdom!


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