When I look back over my 42 years of life I come to one stunning conclusion: sometimes I’m really dumb. Either it’s the words I speak that hurt and cause offense, or my actions that have been ill-thought out; or my lack of financial skills; and finally my phenomenal poor time management.
But of course, none of this applies to you. You are the epitome of wisdom in your relationships, your google calendar is the envy of others, and you’re already saving for your retirement at age 40.
Or maybe you're not.
We live in a culture that is full of knowledge and information. From pithy twitter statements; through buzzfeeds upon buzzfeeds; to our insatiable desire for knowledge and information. The result? We are becoming experts in so many arenas. Yet, I keep asking the same question: where is wisdom in all of this?
We’re going to take a few weeks to consider the book of Proverbs and immerse ourselves in the wisdom found in scripture so that as we navigate through our days here at Yale and in the future, we are grounding ourselves in the wisdom of God to help with all the decisions and actions of life.
Firstly, wisdom informs us that she can be found anywhere but we have to be willing to listen for wisdom. In other words, wisdom is obtainable at any time and in any place but we need to stop and intentionally pray for it.
Secondly, scripture informs us that we can walk away from wisdom. The picture is given of the ‘simple,’ the ‘scoffer,’ and the ‘fool.’ This eloquent prose describes the journey of going from reliance on God to self-reliance and trusting our own wisdom in the journey of life. The implication here is that in-so doing we become stubborn, hard-hearted, proud and confident in our own opinions and worth.
Finally, wisdom makes a simple statement: when you seek me I’ll be poured out upon you. That is, ask for Godly wisdom and you’ll get it.
We can jump to Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth where he instructs the people that when they follow Jesus they are full of the Spirit of God and they also have ‘the mind of Christ.’ What is Paul saying? When Jesus is your Lord and King know that you are now full of the Spirit of God and you can seek the boundless and infinite wisdom of God.