Look Carefully

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise.

An online dictionary defines wisdom as, “the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action.” Wisdom is not a natural attribute. It is something that is divinely granted based on both an expressed desire to have it, and on the faith to ask for it. This is not to say that the beginning of wisdom is also the pinnacle of wisdom—far from it. When God grants wisdom to his people, it comes with this assurance: the same efforts and tests and consistent submissive faith that were the impetus for God’s granting of wisdom will be the fertile ground in which wisdom will continue to grow. In other words, the one who is given wisdom will see that wisdom deepen and mature as he or she continues to desire greater wisdom from God.

According to Paul, wisdom is a paradoxical thing. The world generally praises “wisdom” of a very different sort. In contrast, the apostle points out that, distinct from what the world calls wisdom, the wisdom that we pursue—and receive through faith—is manifested in Jesus Christ. He is the one “who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Co 1:30). Simply put, the person who in faith pursues a life in Jesus Christ is a person who will be shown as wise. That one is a person to whom God will grant wisdom—wisdom that will grow.


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