Daydreamers in St. Louis
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth
come knowledge and understanding
Is wisdom a gift or an achievement? Here, we read, the Lord gives wisdom. (Read 1 Kings 4:29; James 1:5.) But elsewhere in this very same chapter, Solomon puts conditions on wisdom: if you receive my words (v. 1); if you call out for insight (v. 3); if you seek it [wisdom] like silver (v. 4).
How is it that wisdom can be both—a gift and an achievement?
Maybe this will help. In 1876, 10,000 people lived in Hill City, South Dakota. They had come by the thousands, hundreds of miles, literally at the risk of their lives—all because they knew they could find gold in the Black Hills. The Hills, we might say, gave the gold. But only to those driven to go where it was. The Black Hills gave no gold to daydreamers in St. Louis, but to panners and hardrockers desperate enough to get there.
God gives wisdom in abundance—something far more precious than gold—the knowledge and understanding that make life all he intended it to be. He gives richly, profusely, generously, freely. But only to those who want it badly enough to come to Him. Not daydreamers in St. Louis.
Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s Day. Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Psalm 25:4-5
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