Wisdom - - - Knowing the right thing to do at the right time for the right purpose
Several years ago we had a large group of children in Roanoke visiting the zoo among other activities planned for the day. We took them there in one of our famous, very old, yellow school buses. When it was time to leave the zoo the bus wouldn’t start. One of our very talented mechanics was called to the rescue. He drove to Roanoke, crawled under the bus with a hammer and gave the starter a good whack with that hammer. The bus started right up with no problem. We were very thankful this talented brother was part of our staff. If we had to call an auto shop to send one of their mechanics to fix the bus they would have sent us a bill, the bill would have been for about $200. The bill would have been itemized it may have read something like this: For hitting the starter - $1; for knowing where and how to hit the starter - $199. :)
James 1:5 says “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” I thank the Lord for people like those who work with me on the staff of our church and school that use the wisdom God has given them for God’s purposes and His glory. God tells us in this verse that all wisdom comes from Him. To receive this wisdom we must humble ourselves and ask for it. When we receive wisdom from above we have a tremendous responsibility to use it for His purposes and not our own. Each of us can have this wisdom on a daily basis.
Someone else has said that wisdom is seeing life from God’s point of view. And the prophet of old tells us “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.” (Jer. 9:23-24) As a church it’s amazing all the wisdom and talent we have assembled here in this ministry. There is almost no limit to what we can do for the Lord. I praise the Lord for this.
Let us never forget where the wisdom and ability to do things comes from . . . above! It’s a wonderful privilege to access His wisdom and use it for His glory. And all the glory goes to our great God and Savior. During these days of “recession” and financial decline we need wisdom to know how to adjust. We need that as a ministry and perhaps you need it personally in your own finances. God ultimately is our source of provision and it is to Him we look for wisdom, grateful for what we have. (We are told that with food and raiment we are to be content - even in the recession we are blessed above measure!)Regardless of what area of your life you need wisdom for don't look to yourself rather look above.
I’m reminded all over again that only God can give us the wisdom we need to respond to this new challenge. Please pray for your church leadership team as we seek to know how to handle the potential decreased enrollment in our Christian school and the decreased offering at our church.
All real wisdom comes from Him, even for something as simple as knowing where and how to hit a starter with a hammer. :)