What is my primary goal in life? I’ve read about 60 year-old CEOs of major companies that still don’t know what they want to do with their lives. What hope did I have as a boy or college student? What hope do I have now at the age of 31?
If you believe in God, then you probably know at least on an intellectual level, that He is perfect. We might not always agree with the outcome, but the core Christian belief is that we know God always makes right and just decisions.
God also has a perfect plan for each of our lives. Humans are marred by sin though, so there will be some difficult spots on that path. What if we never get on the path? What happens when we beat our own path through the brush only to get more lost with each step?
That is where I see so many people today. It’s all I can do to stay on God’s path. Fortunately God lights the way for us if we acknowledge him and submit to his will for how that path should be walked.
Wisdom of God Reflected from our Youth
I meet kids that have not just grown up around Christians, but are really pursuing the Lord’s will in their lives. I am always struck by how much older those kids seem. Have you ever seen the interviews of the teens when any magazine writes an article about “20 teens who will change the world”?
It’s a bit intimidating, actually. I look at those youths like I look at that 3-year-old kid that zipped past me on the ski slopes using no poles and flying down a potentially treacherous slope without a bit of fear. When I feel bad when I look back at my life and think the dangerous, “What ifs,” I am reminded that we have a baby on the way. The future for that child is limitless should we raise him or her to know and love the Lord.
How Adults May Receive Wisdom
I see people in all areas of business who are a great success, though if you hung out with them, you would never get the idea they had overpowering intelligence. Truth be known, many just have average intelligence. What really sets them apart is that they have superior wisdom – the knowlege of what choices will bring the best outcome.
How do we get this wisdom, or applied knowledge of God’s will? We said that God is perfect, so that would be the place! Everyone looks for a magic forumula, but God is the provider of all wisdom. Seek him.
I’ll relent, though – If you want 5 steps, here goes…
- Prayer – Seek God’s wisdom. Not for material wealth or prosperity, but simply for the wisdom to discern God’s will and for the courage to do it. Take quiet time each day where we just get silent and still to hear the Lord
- Read God’s Word – Read God’s word carefully and regularly. The prophets had a couple scrolls that we know as part of the Old testament, and a word from God once or twice in their life. In the New Testament church, they had a couple letters that would circulate and the rest was told as oral tradition. That seems to be part of the reason they repeat themselves so much and go through the entire history of Judaism every time a character in the Bible tells a story. (The other part is that knowledge of oral tradition was very important and showed the Jewish people that these “upstart” Christians knew what they were talking about and respected their culture and traditions.)
- Memorize the Word – Beyond just reading the word, it helps to memorize a couple key verses. This way when the enemy comes we can combat it with God’s word like Jesus did.
- Connect to God and His Body – Get in with other believers. Join a church – not because that makes you good, but rather so you can worship God with others and benefit from the gifts God gives to other believers. By “join”, I don’t mean just show up – dive in! Join a small group/Bible study – Volunteer for something – participate…
- Pour out the Word – Do it! Let God put into action what you learn in the Word. If we sincerely commit to God to let him change us, he will, and I’m living proof. I was a grade A jerk a few years ago, and now…. I guess I still have my moments, but life is som much different – so much better. Don’t get discouraged, though. It may take some time since we will occassionally take steps back or to the side.
Do your job even better than before. Love your spouse/kids/friends more purely than before. Share what you are learning with others. Give back to those who do not know Christ. Even as a new believer there are still things we can do to show Christ’s love even if we can not deliver a stirring oratory.
Passing on Wisdom to our Children
What if we had our kids studying the Bible fully? I talking about much more than reading it – I’m talking about living the Bible!
I wonder what would happen if instead of reminding my child of how smart he or she is, I reminded them that “You are a child of God, made in his image.” or even, “God has a path for you and this is not it”?
I’ll let you know in about 18 years. Until then I pray for each of you that the Lord will fill your heart with wisdom as he did Solomon and will guide you and your children on his perfect path. Thanks for joining me in this mini-series and I pray that each of you be filled with the wisdom of the Lord.
Have a blessed day!