“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God.” James 1:5a
God gave us minds to use as we serve him and love others. Sometimes it seems like the world has lost sight of the greater things in life. Perhaps they have lost their minds. Or maybe they have not yet trusted in the one who indeed knows everything.
Wisdom comes from God. Whenever we subscribe to the mindset that we know more than God, we are straying from the one path that all people should be travelling.
One of the greatest illustrations of the foolishness of man in any generation is in politics. Just when we think our leaders have passed the point where they cannot go any further, they jump off the cliff and ask us to follow.
Moderation and cooperation are often thrown out the window. People take their thoughts and share them whether they might make sense or not. Attacks on people personally happen all the time.
Whatever happened to those who think higher, love more, have a better standard? They are out there, but they are few and far between.
Mark Twain put it this way. “Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it.”
Really? What we have now is not confined to this generation, it is part of the nature of mankind. If left to their baser instincts, they will always choose the wrong path. And think it is the most wonderful superhighway ever built.
As a pastor who has lived through this last half century as an adult, I have seen a decline in the values that make people want to treat each other with love and consideration. Where does this come from? It comes as our nation moves away from God.
The wise choice for all is to put God first. The writer of Proverbs put it well when he said, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” ~Proverbs 1:7
That sounds simple. It really is. When we and others begin to love God with all our heart mind and soul and our neighbor as ourselves, we will do great things, but we will not run over others on the way.
We must find that wonderful gift of humility. When we realize that others can have opinions and that we do not know everything there is to know, we are beginning to get the message.
E. B. White, who wrote some lovely children’s classics like Charlotte’s Webb and Stuart Little among other things, realized his own humility. “Genius”, he said, “is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.”
Another help to us is to move toward thinking the greater things. Concepts like unity, hope and a cooperative path together are examples of this.
Eleanor Roosevelt did some thinking about this and came up with a wonderful maxim for guiding our thinking. Memorize it and utilize it, and you will go far in finding the greater thoughts God has for us.
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”
The world needs great minds. Not in the sense that we think we know everything, but that we think on a higher level than what we happen to want at the moment or what we think is best, without putting God and others first.
Church attendance across the nation is at its lowest since the inception of our country. The values of our country reflect that less people think about God, and more people think about themselves. Worldly values are rampant, because people are thinking and doing the wrong things.
Who knows everything? Only God. God knows more than all the generation all the people of the world put together. Would it not make sense to get to know Him? Is it not worth the risk to think that someone knows more than we do and can teach us more than anyone else?
The Bible says that the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom. Just think of it. The highest thoughts we can think as humans, the best ideas we can come up with on our own don’t hold a candle to the least thoughts God might have -- not that all of His thoughts are not perfect and wise.
We must ask God for the wisdom he has for ourselves, our families and this world. It is clear that we are not doing so well on our own.
Historically, every time people have charged out on their own, bad things have happened.
When we trust God and His ways, there are roads we would never have thought to travel. The roads we do travel have new opportunities. We walk on as equals, with love and honor in our hearts and words.
It is time, dear reader, to find true wisdom.
It begins with God alone.