It’s that time of year again. Playgrounds across the land are filled with anxious parents hiding their fear and waving a cheerful cheerio to their 5 year-old offspring as they enter school for the first time. Last week at the other end of school life, teenagers were anxiously waiting for the arrival of exam results: the fall or rise of expectations and the beginning or end of futures, or so it can seem.
Even all these years later I can remember the racing of my heart when the post dropped through the door that day. An awkward mix of dread and fear, anticipation and hope. Twelve years of life and learning all encompassed on the doormat in an innocent looking brown envelope. We are told education is a top priority for all politicians; endless amounts of time, money and energy are spent on educating our children. Yet as I look around me I believe one important subject, perhaps the most important subject is missing from our curriculums. To the best of my knowledge there isn’t a university in the country that offers a degree in wisdom.
We somehow assume that wisdom comes with age, with experience or by osmosis from the world around us. But does it?
The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
Psalm 19:7 (NIV)
Wisdom cannot be reduced to mere intelligence; it even encompasses more than common sense and the sound judgment found in experience of life. There is a spiritual dimension within Biblical wisdom that cuts through to the heart of the matter, even in the most difficult of life’s dilemmas. This is what the world fails to acknowledge and what the Bible speaks of as truth. It is a supernatural thing, beyond our own achievement and understanding.
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:14-16 (NIV)
If our hearts are open to the Holy Spirit, He will reveal to us God’s truth and we will learn in our life the wisdom that comes only from God. It is a mystery how the soul receives this knowledge but it comes alongside the practical outworking of living the Christian faith. No one can adequately teach this curriculum, we can only teach what God has revealed to us and trust the Bible will do its part.
This year on October 25th churches across Scotland will celebrate Bible Sunday together. Our passages this year concern the practice of Godly wisdom in our lives, who can help us learn this and how such truth is the refreshing of our souls. Bible Sunday resources will be available for free download from mid September.
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