Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Seeking the Wisdom of God
“Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live.”
We live in a time where knowledge is increasing at an exponential rate. Constant changes in technology make it difficult for an average person to keep up, but we know it is necessary to accept these changes in order to live in this society. Without negating the importance of acquiring knowledge in this world, the Word of God shows us the need of a superior knowledge: the wisdom of God that is essential in our lives to walk in the eternal paths of God. In today’s text, King Solomon is encouraging us to seek the wisdom that both he and his father King David received from God, which is available to generations of all time through the Word of God. What we should do to live in that wisdom?
Listen to the instructions (vs.1): The Hebrew word “shaw-mah”, which translates to “listen”, is a call for careful attention that leads to obedience. Instructions of a father are not just informational, but are also to be well received to gain understanding and maturity.
Retain them in heart (vs. 4): Forgetfulness and ignorance are considered as excuses for most of humanity’s destructive choices. Here Solomon instructs us not to forsake this good doctrine, (vs. 2), but to retain them closely in our heart, letting them bring vitality to our lives.
Exalt and embrace (vs. 8): The first two steps lead us to the final stage, to exalt and embrace the knowledge of the Word. In today’s world, compromises are well accepted to climb the ladders of success, which are often short lived. This pattern causes constant degradation and devaluation in social and even spiritual arenas. But the Word of God insists that we follow the life standards of godly men like Daniel and Joseph, who exalted and embraced the divine wisdom without fearing the consequences; fulfilling the higher plans of God.
The divine wisdom that is attained through the Word of God may seem to be foolishness to the world, but will lead us to eternal blessings. This will promote us, protect us, bring us honor and glory, give us a long life, and crown us with an ornament of grace. (vs.6-10). Only this divine wisdom can lead us to the right path of God where we can walk and run without stumbling and have the discernment to avoid the paths of wicked. (vs.11-19)
Jesus Christ, the Word that became flesh is the source of all wisdom, and we can reflect this truth by living a Christ-centered life. Like David and Solomon, as recipients of this divine blessing, we have a great responsibility to instruct our generations to follow in this path of life.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your Word to give us divine wisdom. Help us to understand it and live it all the time.Amen
Thought of the Day: Christian life should reflect the wisdom of God.
Abey Cherian, St. Thomas MTC, NY.
Theme for the week: Seeking the wisdom of God