A woman spoke of her earlier days as an addict and a mother of small children. “I was a bad friend with bad habits,” she said. “When I was arrested the courts put me on home-detention with a tracking device on my leg—but that didn’t stop me from inviting my friends and their drugs to my home. My mother saw the danger that I was putting my children in and called the police. I was put in prison for six weeks. I was separated from my children, told when to eat, when to wash, and when to sleep…when those prison doors closed behind me…it was the only thing that cured me.”
For all of us wisdom can come the hard way. Ours may not be an addiction to illicit substances, but we all have our issues that run counter to godly wisdom. Leaving them to sit or simmer is not an option; what you sow is what you will reap. The apostle Paul states the disease, and gives the cure:
“Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:8).
People are well aware that thoughts, attitudes, words, and actions are counterproductive to a good life. Admittedly, many ignore the warning signs and suffer the consequences. But others look for guidance in the various branches of the New Age Movement, or the Self-improvement industry, or the myriad of religions and churches available.
For Christians, wisdom comes back to but one name: “Christ, the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:25). For us Jesus cancels out the wisdom of the world with “words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words” (1 Corinthians 2:13).
God’s inspired word is not hard to find—pick it up and read it! For within its pages is “Wisdom from above.”