IS YOUR LIFE A TRAIN WRECK?: Some people don’t need to read this post, but others do. We all have failures in life. But there’s a difference between having failures, and becoming “stuck” in failures. In most cases, our failures can be traced directly to our neglect or outright rejection of WISDOM that is readily available to each of us. And that is a great mystery … because we don’t have to fail, but in effect we CHOOSE to fail by ignoring Godly wisdom.
Wisdom is not something to mock, take lightly, or shrug off with arrogance or the pride of our own hearts. Wisdom is a gift. God did not just create us, He provided paths for us to follow and lamps to light the way. When we neglect or ignore the wisdom God provides, we are essentially saying, “I don’t need God or His instruction … I’ll do this my way.” And “my way” usually ends in a giant belly flop.
It is interesting that Solomon, who had many faults, at least made the right choice when he asked God for WISDOM. Asking for wisdom is a sign of maturity and humility. We all need more wisdom in our lives, no matter our age, our talents, or our accomplishments. Pride goes before a fall, and when we become too proud to seek and receive wisdom, we are headed for a fall … no matter who we are or what past successes we might have gained.
I also find it interesting that Solomon, described in I Kings 10 as the wisest among all the kings on earth, begins Proverbs with this observation: “Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?”
In other words, WISDOM is readily available … it is even “crying out in the streets” for us to listen … but far too often we neglect it, reject it, or even scorn and mock it … to our great undoing.
If life has become a train wreck, maybe it is time to undertake a serious effort to SWITCH TRACKS … to get on a path of Godly wisdom … in our activities, habits, relationships, finances, mindset, and all that we do. For those seeking wisdom, it is out there … ready and waiting. Pick up God’s Word and actually read it. Find some good sermon tapes, like those available from The Sheep Shed church, and begin listening and applying them. Seek out Godly men and women who have already traveled the roads we’re now traveling, and ask them to share the wisdom from their experiences.
Have a blessed week. Let’s become wise … not in our own eyes, full of pride, arrogance, and scorn for Godly wisdom … but by having the courage, humility, and motivation to do as Solomon did … “Lord, give us your WISDOM for our lives.”