March 17: wisdom (deuteronomy 32-34; 1 Corinthians 2)

What is wisdom? We usually recognize it when we see it and yet we can often be deceived into accepting as wise what is not wise. Let’s say you have an important decision to make – maybe it is a job or a relationship or as simple as an important purchase. There is conventional wisdom (what most people might do). There is the wisdom that your friends and family are quick to offer. But is this what Paul is describing?

Wisdom, it turns out, is more than intellectual information. It is what will satisfy our wondering. It is what God has in mind for those who love God. We know this because God has given us God’s Spirit. This does not mean Christians automatically know everything that God knows. It means we have open access to the “mind of Christ.”

Thus the importance of doing what we are doing – reading scripture each day and taking a few moments to listen for God’s direction through the scripture. I’ve been married for nearly 30 years. I know more about how my wife thinks than I did 30 years ago. But do I know her mind completely? How foolish of me if I ever thought that! We are still growing in our relationship – even after 30 years. And so it is with God. The closer we come, the more we open ourselves to God’s influence and direction, the more we will know the mind of Christ.

Lord, give me the wisdom to know what to do and the courage to do it.

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