It’s Time to Run [pt.3]
Pastor Phillip O’Reilly
As followers of Jesus, sometimes we have to be still. Sometimes we have to wait, and proceed with caution. Other times, however, we need to run.
We have to run into the grace and goodness and generosity of Jesus. We have to run into the might, the strength, and the all-encompassing banner of His love. We also have to run, full speed, into wisdom.
Our society muddles things together a lot. Things like book smarts and experience and giving advice without context are seen as synonyms for wisdom. But, in reality, wisdom is quieter than that. Wisdom is knowing when to do things. Knowing when to speak and when to listen. Knowing when to share and when to hold. Knowing when to move and when to stay still. Knowing when to trust and knowing when to protect.
Proverbs is a book all about wisdom. It contains instruction upon instruction, direction on direction. In chapter 23, we are instructed to “Embrace the truth and hold it close. Don’t let go of wisdom, instruction, and life-giving understanding”.
Wisdom isn’t just being “smart”. Wisdom is being able to discern. To hear with ears that are tuned into Jesus. Wisdom is using both understanding (knowing why we do things) and knowledge (knowing how to do something).
Over and over again in the Word, we are told to seek counsel. Not just any kind of counsel – wise counsel. And not just any wise counsel – wise AND Godly counsel. Bad company corrupts good morals. All the time, we have the opportunity to speak into each other and to seek out help from others.
When we are running into wisdom, we are able to not only hear the words of the Lord, but to help others around us hear it as well.
That is our responsibility as followers. To always, continuously be reaching for wisdom. Through reading of the Word, through talking with wise and Godly counsel, through worship, through prayer.
Without wisdom, we will not be able to heed God’s call on our lives. We won’t be able to know which path to take. We won’t be able to stay in line with His teachings. Without wisdom, we are putting ourselves on a slippery slope that lands in the things of this world instead of being on the path towards things of Heaven.
“But the one who always listens to me
will live undisturbed in a heavenly peace.
Free from fear, confident and courageous,
you will rest unafraid and sheltered from the storms of life.”
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