“…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…” (James 1:5)
Life and faith can be tricky endeavors in a world filled with deceitful contraptions of the enemy – temptation, corruption, even detours of God’s will in our lives masquerading as ‘good.’ Oswald Chambers once said, “The good can be the enemy of the best.” How do we know what constitutes ‘the best’ in working for the Kingdom wherever we are placed?
We need God’s wisdom – all of us – (extra doses preferred!!)
Jesus challenges us to “be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves…” I’ve been privileged to know and work with dedicated activists who stand up against injustice, violence and evil – not with rhetoric of hate matching hate, but cleverly disseminating truth, fighting ignorance with education, friendship and love – like innocent doves who won’t accept that white can’t be friends with black, Israeli with Palestinian, Serbs with Albanians, Moslems with Christians, Catholics with Protestants….
“The holy cross is the book that teaches true wisdom,” wrote Cardinal Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan. We watched the “Road of Hope” documentary of his life – as Bishop in Saigon he was imprisoned by the North Vietnamese for 13 years, spending 9 years in solitary confinement. Although humiliated and mistreated, he told his guards, “I love you.” When they asked why, he said, “Because Jesus loves you.”
Some of those hard-hearted guards were converted by this amazing love.
God’s wisdom is intertwined with the love-blood of Jesus on the cross – sacrificed for all.
In the world’s eyes the wisdom of Jesus is hard to accept – “Love our enemies. Pray for those who persecute us. Forgive those who trespass against us..” But, as the Lord proclaimed through Isaiah, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways…”
St. Paul also asked for wisdom: “May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray also that the eyes of your hearts may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:17) Since St. Paul ‘kept asking’ this for the Ephesians, this has become an every day request of this red head.
Let’s pray that our eyes, hearts, minds and spirits will be enlightened with the Spirit of God’s wisdom and revelation to know Him better, to better make Him known.
“O Lord, please transform our minds & hearts with Your wisdom and fill our hearts & spirits with Your love.”
Grace, Peace & Transforming Wisdom
Virginia : )
“The wisdom which the Holy Spirit bestows will enlighten your projects, guide your plans, and transform your actions by giving them an eternal value.” Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan in The Road to Hope – a collection of his writings smuggled out of prison on scraps of paper to encourage his flock.
(*the Wisdom icon above is from Wikicommons)