Psychologically, socially, physically, spiritually our choices and our needs can appear very complex. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, and we don’t even know a small fraction of the knowledge required to build a human being – body and soul. How would we even begin to weave together tissue on bones to create a living person? How would we create a brain that could hold intellect, emotion, and spirit? Just how exactly does one go about building a human soul?
Yet even without such knowledge – an understanding of how God created the universe or why we even exist, it is still possible to live lives that are centered and whole. Extensive knowledge about practically everything imaginable is now at our fingertips (on our computers and smart-phones). Wisdom, on the other hand, is not so easy to obtain. In fact, I believe it is something we cannot find on our own. Elizabeth Lindsey writes, “We live in a society bloated with data but starved for wisdom!”
Wisdom, unlike a cerebral collection of facts, is “heart-knowledge;” it is in essence the love of God at work within us. So… only God can grant us wisdom, and He seems to prefer to give it to those who ask for it and seek to know His heart.
Psalm 51:6 says: “Yet you [God] desire truth and sincerity. Deep down inside me you teach wisdom.” James 1:5 reads: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” And James 3:17 says: “The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial, and sincere.”
Godly wisdom seems more important than anything else we can possess. Proverbs 4:6-7 concludes: “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”
So how do we obtain this wisdom from God? Psalms 90:12 gives us a clue: “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” In his book Life After Life Raymond Moody concludes: “We cannot fully understand this life until we catch a glimpse of what lies beyond it.” Living well in the moment requires an eternal perspective. What can I do today that will contribute to Christ’s Kingdom and thereby live on into eternity? In light of who I am in Christ, what choices will I forever feel good about? How can I best please God today? In light of your eternal destiny, follow Jesus wherever He leads — and go boldly where no one has gone before!