The Search for Everyday Wisdom

Ever wake up realizing that what you really need for the week ahead is wisdom? If not, then you probably don’t have children, you don’t have a spouse or any meaningful relationships, you don’t face job challenges, you have endless resources, everyone you know is doing well, and the things of God aren’t a mystery to you. In other words, your problem is you’re not actually awake!

Certainly if are seeking to do right, to do well, to be faithful, to prosper, and to have your family flourish, you have a regular longing for wisdom. 

Kevin Myers preached this Sunday at 12 Stone church on the everyday wisdom that is necessary to move families from good to great. It is the first of a three part series:  wisdom, winsome, and wholesome. Myers said: “Unwise includes foolish emotion, immature drama, undisciplined indulgence, shortsighted risk.  And unwise is unforgiving.” 

Eight more thoughts on wisdom:

  1. Wisdom is not the intelligence to excel at a profession or an academic discipline.
  2. Wisdom is not the ability to make money.
  3. It isn’t wisdom that is needed to choose a clear right from clear wrong. That’s character, obedience, and faithfulness to God. That’s strength of will. Wisdom is the ability to recognize the most right and the least wrong and the character to do what you know should be done. It is the knowledge of what is true or right coupled with the discernment and judgment as to the correct action.
  4. Wisdom begins with a correct view of God. The Psalmist says: “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding” (Psalm 111:10).
  5. Wisdom is not harsh, though it may be difficult.  “The wisdom that comes from heaven,” James wrote, “is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17)
  6. Wisdom is more than following rules. No set of rules can cover all situations, and it is up to us to generalize “commandments” to all cases and to apply the spirit of the law and to God’s deeper sense of righteousness. Many times Jesus condemned the hypocrisy of those religious leaders who observed the law in its strict, literal sense, but violated its spirit. Jesus said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others” (NAS, Matthew 23:23).
  7. Wisdom means understanding the consequences of our actions and words before we act or speak.
  8. Finally, this is wonderful advice for the young people in my sphere of influence. “Run from anything that gives you the evil thoughts that young men often have, but stay close to anything that makes you want to do right. Have faith and love, and enjoy the companionship of those who love the Lord and have pure hearts” (TLB, 2 Timothy 2:22).

Jesus grew in wisdom. Follow.

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About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group (www.valcort.com). Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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