Monday, December 4, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Seeking the Wisdom of God
Psalm 1
           I was always inspired by the serenity  prayer by Reinhold Niebhur, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference”. According to theologians, the book of Psalms is a much fascinating prayer book, which was the Hymnal of the Israelites, rich with poems on ethics, life styles, and decision making. It is a book with heavenly wisdom. As many of us know, wisdom has to do with living life consistent with God's covenants and a key concept of the Godly wisdom is the fear of the Lord. Psalms and proverbs provide us with such covenantal standards that can greatly keep us in check. Psalm 1 is no exemption. Psalmist warns us to keep away from the un-Godly, to keep a clear distance from the people who have conformed to the standards of this world. The pressures of the modern world reveal our inability, and our great need for emotional and spiritual help. We were given the scripture, where Godliness is presented positively and it fully enlightens us if we savor it and then walk in it.
            During my childhood years, my grandmother and later my mother insisted on learning a few of the Psalms by heart, the beginning ones being Psalm 1 and Psalm 23. I am sure many of the traditional Christian families insisted on such Biblical homework that clearly helped us to lead a fruitful life in many aspects. I was always fascinated by the history of those whom the world tagged as “wise men” What happened to those great people? Even more, what happened to those experts in the Scriptures? What happened to the ones who thought they have all the answers? This is where we realize the meaning of the verse “…wisdom of this world is foolish”. What Mahatma Gandhi has stated is of relevance here, “It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.” God chose to save the ones who believe the foolish message we Christians preach. From my teen years, I clearly remember a blind man from my neighborhood in Kerala, who used to walk to the junction and stood and preached from the Bible. Although very simple in style, his sermons were very inspiring, and I was often touched by his messages. Being blind, he did not see the faces of the people, nor the number of people who were listening to him. To a passer-by, it was probably a scene that did not add much value to his/her behavior, but to some who cared, the blind man’s words were words of wisdom.
We ought to change our mentalities from nominal Christians to practical day-to-day Christians with a fully established Christ-relational lifestyle that require humility, spiritual wisdom, and prayerful walking. Let us pray consistently and seriously to our Lord to provide us the humility and readiness to accept and understand His wisdom and convert from worldly to Godly enlightenment. 
Dear Lord, be gracious to me and grant me the wisdom to fulfill your purpose in my life.
Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing we desire can compare with it.
Dr. Eapen Daniel, Christos MTC, Philadelphia.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church