The Call of Wisdom
Wisdom cries aloud in the street,
in the markets she raises her voice;
at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks:
“How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?
How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing
and fools hate knowledge?
If you turn at my reproof,
behold, I will pour out my spirit to you;
I will make my words known to you.
Lately my heart has been broken. On more than one occasion. This condition has nothing to do with my relationship with my husband. It has come from seeing Christians struggle with the consequences of their choices. My heart aches every time I shed a tear with a friend whose life is falling apart at the seams, and the common theme is, "I just wish I knew what to do!" The infamous statement which, if brought to its conclusion, would hold all the answers to happiness and fulfillment. I have to admit, I cringe a little when I hear a sister in Christ utter those words. Not because I have no compassion for her situation, but because I have heard those words spoken more to gain validation for her poor decision making than sincere desire to walk in Godly knowledge. "O, sad me! Look at this situation I am in! It is hopeless! I have tried everything, and I just wish I knew what to do! I have tried everything....feel for me!" I say this all the time, but it takes one to know one, and I have definitely been one! I have been on the other side of that line of thinking, so I recognize the struggle all too well. And although I, too, have lead myself down far too many destructive paths and cried out for direction, all is not lost. There is, in fact, a very real way of knowing exactly what to do; each time, every time, in every situation.
What I had to recognize, however, is that the path of walking in Godly knowledge isn't something I can just run to in times of chaos and expect to find conclusive answers that solve my problems. I had to make the decision to get out of my simple way of thinking and run headlong into wisdom. Wisdom doesn't happen overnight; it isn't just getting knowledge. Wisdom is gaining knowledge and understanding and the maturity to know how to apply it. And the only real Source for knowledge and understanding is the Word of God. One of the first chapters of scripture that I memorized was I Corinthians 13. Verse eleven says, "When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways." That is maturity. That is acquisition of knowledge and understanding. That is the path to wisdom. Put those childish ways behind you once and for all!
The problem is that our culture doesn't make this easy, even for Christians. Our culture wants to spoon-feed babies. Our culture wants to feed our selfish, what-makes-me-happy attitudes until we are fat and unhappy and surviving on anti-depressants. Our culture wants to draw us as far away from wisdom and truth as possible by distorting the very foundation of God's Word. Our culture has dictated a reinterpretation of the very core of who we were designed to be to the point that instead of maturing into Christian adulthood, we have lead ourselves down paths of spiritual immaturity and folly (more on that in a later post). We have embraced our simplicity. We have rejected our foundational truths. We have rejected Wisdom. And then we have cried aloud, "I wish I knew what to do," and felt frustrated when His words have seemed like riddles.
The way to "know what to do" is to seek Him. It sounds so easy, but it isn't just a matter of saying, "I'm just trustin' the Lord." It is seeking Him. Pursuing Him. Running headlong into the Word and finding out the Truth of Scripture. It starts with knowing who you are in Christ. Once you know who you are then you can begin to know what He wants you to do. And not just during the difficult situations...because those will still come...but every day. Seeking truth and applying it to your life is what wisdom is all about. That is how we mature and leave our folly behind. That is how we step off of the path that leads to heartbreak and destruction and onto a new path that leads to abundant life.
This blog is about that abundant life. This blog is about seeking truth and knowing who you are in Christ. This blog is about journeying together on the path towards spiritual maturity. And about seeking wisdom when she cries aloud. This blog is about remembering that there is a Guide when we don't know what to do. God wants us to be wise. Wisdom is calling. In 2012, I am committing to reject simplicity and go deeper into His Word and into His heart. I am committing to be useful. I am committing to be so filled with His love that it pours out of me like a salve for the brokenhearted. I am committing to be a wise girl so that I will know when and where to turn and so that He can pour His Spirit out to me and make His Words known to me. Wanna join me?! Heed the Call!