Hungry for Wisdom

Today culture is bewitched by scientific knowledge and technical skill. This is seen in education’s emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). While these are amazingly productive disciplines, our world is left hungry for wisdom. We have ATM cards and online banking, but our society struggles with an unprecedented debt problem. Quantum leaps forward in medical technologies have increased life expectancy, but where is the wisdom for heart-rending end of life decisions? The Internet and globalization have brought diverse cultures together. But without wisdom the fabric of society threatens to unravel, leaving unanswered fundamental questions. We are in desperate need of true wisdom.

The New Testament teaches that the person, teachings, and work of Jesus are God’s wisdom for us. Do we have eyes to see this wisdom or ears to hear it? In a parable Jesus taught that the foolish person was the one who heard his words but did not do them. That person was building his house on sand that a storm would soon destroy. The wise person is the one who hears Christ’s words and does them — his life, built on a rock, will endure when the storms comes (Matt 7:24–27).

The wisdom of Christ teaches us about self-sacrifice, living for others, being merciful, and so much more. James summarizes the quality of life that this gospel wisdom brings: “The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17). Follow hard after Christ and learn from him. Then when the storms come, your life will be built on solid rock.