About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman
We often associate
wisdom with age. That
should, with the emphasis on the word "should," make me
extremely wise. Leaving the
question of me being wise aside, equating wisdom with age is a fallacy.
Unless one has learned the lessons from life's experiences, he is
not wise, no matter how old he is.
"If any of you
lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without
finding fault, and it will be given to you."
It you understand this
verse outside of its context, you might think that once you ask God for
wisdom, next to immediately it will flutter its way down from heaven,
landing head long into your life. That's
This verse is nestled
into its contextual surroundings of enduring through the pain of the
trials of life. That puts
becoming wise into its proper Biblical perspective.
If, then, we can endure the trials of life without running from
them, God will work wisdom into our lives as we learn the needed lessons
from these trials.
Becoming wise by
learning the lessons of life is common to all of humanity.
As Christians, though, we have another source of wisdom that
others do not have. Christians
should, then, be wiser than others who do not have this godly source of
wisdom at their disposal, but sorry to say, that is not always the case.
All human beings
struggle their way through the trials of life.
Some people try to escape the trials through alcohol, drugs,
positive thinking, mysticism, or a multitude of other escape mechanisms.
As Christians, enduring trials with the assistance of Jesus will
help us learn the needed lessons of life, which in turn will cause us to
If by chance you are
thinking about asking God for some extra wisdom, you might want to
reconsider your request. The
road to wisdom passes through the potholes of life that might cause you
to think that ignorance is really bliss after all.
So, if becoming wise is your goal, expect a few extra trials to
come your way.