Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Seeking Wisdom

                As we remember the events of September 11, 2001, we pause to remember those who lost their lives and to give thanks to those that continue to serve our cities and our country. Events such as 9-11 and election years with their political banter can cause us to be uncertain in the direction we should take in our lives.
                I’ve been reading one chapter from the book of Proverbs each day this month. Proverbs continually tells us to seek wisdom. When we seek after something, we pursue it. We search for it or hunt for it. I am reminded of the childhood game of hide and seek and also of annual Easter egg hunts. We should seek wisdom with the same passion as a child playing hide and seek or hunting Easter eggs. The question then becomes, how or where do we seek wisdom?
                In I Corinthians 1:22-24 Paul says he “preached Christ crucified . . . the power of God and the wisdom of God.” Colossians 2:3 says of Christ, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
                So if I am going to seek wisdom with the passion of a child searching for hidden Easter eggs, I am going to look to Christ. We find Christ and His wisdom in scripture. We see the Old Testament saints looking forward to Christ, and in the New Testament He was manifest in the flesh. We see Christ portrayed in the lives of the believers in the New Testament as they walked in the good works of their calling as an example to us. I see Christ in answered prayers. I see Him in the miracle of new life when a baby is born giving us renewed hope to continue our journey. I see Christ in the changed life of a new believer. I see Christ throughout scripture as He tells us, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).
                James says “if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask.”  If we are seeking and we ask, we will find and receive.
                Seek wisdom – Seek Christ.

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