Saturday Sermon: Finding wisdom
One of the most beloved characters of the Old Testament is King Solomon. We are thrilled when we read of Solomon, son of David, and his power and wealth. However, we are also quick to point out that his power and wealth were a result of a direct blessing from God. When God offered to bless Solomon with any blessing, Solomon asked for an understanding heart of wisdom.
But what is wisdom? Is it intellectual ability derived from years of research and study? Is it the accumulation of philosophy? Or does wisdom come from God?
James says, "If any of (us) lack wisdom, ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, " James 1:5.
Wisdom comes from God. Human wisdom does not ensure peace of mind, health of spirit or the elimination of problems; therefore, wisdom is aptly named an understanding heart.
This fact is born out in the life of our Savior. During His life there were rumors being bantered about concerning His true identity. On one occasion He asked, "Who do men say that I am?" Matthew 16:3.
Various responses were: John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.
Jesus asked more personally, "But who do you say that I am?" 16:15. It was Peter that responded for the rest, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." 16:16.
Jesus' first question was designed to test the wisdom of the world; however, His personal question to the disciples was to test theirs, and, with the help of the Father, they passed the test, 16:17-20.
Many of us today have a perception of truth. We are ready to admit that God is the giver of blessings; however, our devotion is not based on wisdom. Rather, it is based on personal convenience.
Some do not understand that God is not only the supplier of spiritual gifts but that He is a gift. His divine love sustains us. His awesome power gives us strength. His precious Word teaches us, and His saving plan (His grace) redeems us.
In a nutshell, that is the message Jesus brought from the Father. Remember, "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost," Luke 19:10. Once the lost is found and redeemed, He told His apostles to continue to teach them "to observe all things He had commanded," Matthew 28:20.
Jesus also taught the importance of obedience. Just as He was in all ways obedient to His Father, He wants His followers to be likewise obedient to Him. "If you love me, keep my commandments" was, and is His charge (John 14:15).
Jesus shows us the perfect method of effective teaching. He used law, love and reason with equal fervor. "God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth," John 4.24. Such is, and must be, the attitude of all followers of Christ.
Shan Jackson, pastor of Port Lavaca Church of Christ, is a licensed minister who writes for the Victoria Advocate.