Now THIS Is Treasure!

July 17, 2014

James 1:5-6 ESV 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

 

There is a grandiose, magnificent theme weaved throughout the Bible: it’s the fact that God offers to share an unfathomable knowledge with all of humanity. All of the rest of his creation has to depend upon genetic instinct and experience for life, but we can ask for and receive something far greater...wisdom. In fact, there is an entire chapter in the Bible dedicated to this theme. Psalms 119 is twice as long as any other chapter in the Bible, and in it God invites us to share in his wealth of wisdom and heavenly knowledge. This privilege is so incredible, that God has nothing to compare it to; gold, silver, precious gems, and all the money in the world, do not even come close to the value and worth of wisdom. There is one requirement however: I must ask for this gift and expect to get it. That sounds so easy! Who in their right mind wouldn’t jump all over that opportunity? The answer to that question is a sad and dismal truth, for very few comprehend the magnitude of this promise from God. The wisdom God offers is found in his love letters written to us that are now over 2,000 to 3,500 years old. The Bible is the source of this source of heavenly knowledge, and in order to receive the gift, we have to read the book.  Then there is another challenge: The knowledge itself has no value unless we internalize it and apply it. And so, the promise of wisdom is a conditional promise. Wisdom can be ours, but only when we realize and accept the responsibility that must be acknowledged and embraced. We must want wisdom. We must ask for wisdom. We must take the time to not only read the Bible, but chew on every word. And finally, we must do what it says. That is a tall order in this world that glorifies and worships busyness and programs. And so, I conclude with this truth: If all this was an effective strategy for joy and peace 2,000 years ago, how much more do we need it today? Joy, peace, purpose, and the true meaning of life, can only be found in loving God’s word, consuming his love, and spending time with The One who invites us to “ask for wisdom.” This is the answer to finding balance in a world that is out of control busy.

 

Lord, I ask you to give me wisdom. Please open up the heavens of your knowledge and pour it into my heart. Help me to find time to be with you, and trust that nothing in the entire world can compare to my relationship with You.

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