We live in a world full of information, but just what do we really know that will guarantee us the future we desire to have? If you happen to have a pen in your hand you just might start writing things down and have quite a list before you realize that you have made a mistake; a big one at that. There are many things in this world that we would like to know and experience, but will never have the opportunity to enjoy. However, there is one thing that we all will face one day, a split in the road where we will have to make a decision which path to take. Can we afford to put that decision off until we are actually faced with it? I don’t think so!
We run so fast these days and usually have more than we can handle on our plate for any one day. It has become rather easy for us to put off until tomorrow because we will have to admit we all expect to see tomorrow. Unfortunately putting off until tomorrow has been known to cause trouble. In the book of Matthew we find ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps (25:1-4). Obviously they did not know what it was going to cost them in the long run for they would miss the bridegroom and the door would be shut to them. You would be the exception if you said there was never a time in your life when you had not been brought up short by not being prepared. Wisdom often comes after mistakes have been made.
The apostle Paul tells us in 1st Corinthians that the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; and again that “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” (3:19-20). How can we be sure then that what we think is what we should know and that it is the wisdom of God? We are told in Proverbs that The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding (9:10). This fear is not one of trepidation, rather a feeling of deep, reverential awe.
Okay, that said it all makes sense, but right now I simply don’t have the time to give to learn about how to get wisdom; it probably takes most of a lifetime anyway; maybe I can try to start learning tomorrow. Putting off until tomorrow has always been one of mankind’s better endeavors, but can we really afford to take a chance that we will have tomorrow. The news reports aren’t wonderful these days, but things aren’t too bad where I live at the moment. Surely I can have a few days to clear the deck. I hate to tell you but that is the beginning ofsomething we all prefer frequently to do.
Maybe it will make you feel better if I tell you that God’s Word gives us a better solution to our problem. We are told in the book of James that If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him (1:5). The Father who loves His children dearly has not made life as He desires it a hard or tedious thing.
I don’t know anyone these days who isn’t looking for happiness in a world that continues to make it harder and harder. There is more worry and less smiles on people’s faces than ever before. Who wants to pick up a newspaper or listen to the TV news telling us that ISIS has killed more people and that they are getting closer to the neighborhood in which we live. Surely it is not going to happen here! I don’t know about you, but what I do know is that –
Beneath the cross of Jesus I fain (gladly, preferably) would take my stand -