07/24/15 – 211
The question for today was this – how does a wise person use that godly wisdom to find fulfillment? If Solomon couldn’t do it, how can we possibly expect to be able to do it ourselves? The first part of the answer is simple – learn from his mistakes. We have not only Solomon’s story, but also so many others’, and Jesus’ own words to teach us. Learn and live them. I can’t think of a single instance in the Bible – or in life – in which a person’s spiritual destruction didn’t follow their willful separation from God. Remember your covenant, and keep it no matter what the cost.
Realize that fulfillment can only be found in being the person you were created to be – nothing else, and nothing less. Finding that purpose means knowing yourself as well as knowing God, and developing yourself and the gifts He gave you to the fullest potential. Don’t be lazy about it. There’s a reason that one person can work until he’s 85 and be happy as a clam, while another retires to an island paradise and is miserable after a month. One is finding fulfillment, the other only emptiness.
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.
The more complex part is that this is still about balance. Wisdom comes with spiritual growth, but it doesn’t come alone any more than any other fruit of the Spirit. If you continue to work on your intentional spiritual growth, including self-discipline regarding reading and studying God’s Word and prayer, you will also grow in wisdom. You have my personal guarantee – and God’s too! Again, don’t just do this on your own, learn from anyone who is willing or able to teach and/or disciple you. Read books, listen to sermons online or wherever. If you hear what sounds like a conflict between what two pastors are saying – great! Take your pastor out to lunch and talk about it! Call your study partner, or mentor. Someone. Don’t give up until you are at peace with the answer.
Proverbs 9:9-12 Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser,
Teach a righteous man and he will increase his learning.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For by me your days will be multiplied,
And years of life will be added to you.
12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself,
And if you scoff, you alone will bear it.
When I went to paramedic school, I was obsessive about learning everything perfectly, because I knew that if I made a mistake it could cost someone’s life. The Word is no less a life-or-death matter – only this time it’s for eternity. Let’s pray today that we all learn well.