Who can you trust? Where do you get the best, most accurate, information out there? How do you know if something/someone is credible?
Recently I attended, as a proud parent, of all of my kids promotion/awards ceremonies in school. If I can be biased, I have some amazing and amazingly smart kids. As I was sitting in the ceremonies, “patiently” waiting for my kids’ names to be called, I heard a common theme throughout all four ceremonies (Pre-K – 8th Grade). And that theme was, in a nutshell, never stop learning.
Now that I have had a few days to think more about that, I am reminded of the biblical book of Proverbs. Proverbs, including Ecclesiastes, are taken from the Jewish wisdom traditions. Other important books, that are not included in the biblical cannon, include Wisdom of Solomon, Sirach, all point to the same theme. That theme is true wisdom comes from God. In fact, they all say something to the extent of “the beginning of wisdom comes from the fear of God.”
So now I think the question we should ask is, “what are we truly seeking? Wisdom or knowledge?” Knowledge is all well and good, if we are content with “knowing” some basic information. Knowledge is good is we want to appear smart. Knowledge is good if we want to make ourselves look good.
And if that is want makes us content, then fine.
But, if we want to understand how the information is applicable to our time and place. If we want to better understand how our lives impact and intersect the culture, then wisdom is what we should be seeking.
Because if we are seeking Sidon, we may just be seeking answers to deeper questions about meaning. We may just be seeking the One who created everything and everyone.
And, if we are seeking the One who created everything, we can understand true wisdom comes from God.
We are not seeking wisdom to make us better. NO. Wisdom, helps us understand our place in the world and how God has made you and I uniquely to fit in this time and this place.
So, learn as much as you can about the world. Gain as much information about humanity and the world around you. But, if you want to have an understanding that goes deeper than just mere head knowledge, if you want to know something that brings about transformation, seek and live into the wisdom that comes from God. And God will freely give wisdom. Just ask God.
If you are looking for your next resource to help you understand God, understand who you are, understand next steps to take, this is perfect for you:
My name is Ryan Stratton and I wrote a book called “Crossroads.” It’s a forty day devotional.
You’ve been in a position and situation where you have had to make a big decision. You may have felt an overwhelming sense of dread or anxiety because you keep trying to figure out what “to do.”
What if, “what to do” is the wrong question to ask? I came to this realization a few years ago. This book, for me, has been a journey to help me make better decisions and discern who God is making me to be.
This book is designed to take you on a journey of faith to help you see how God is leading you.
As you read, you’ll consider questions such as:
• Which way does God want you to go?
• How do you know if you’ve made the right choice?
• What is the best option right now?
• What are the best options in the future?
Having to make decisions is not always easy. But when you ask the right questions and seek the God who is leading and guiding you, you may just find the decision you make is the one that makes you who God created you to be.
I pray this resource is meaningful for you and helps you stay in tune with who God is and who God is making you to be.