It's March 27; Good Morning Union

“Wisdom wards off the wicked and keeps their lying tongues from tricking you into a life of sin. It protects you from those who have abandoned God’s light to walk in the ways of darkness. Wisdom shields you from those who enjoy doing evil; it protects you from the twisted souls who take a perverse pleasure in sin. Wisdom helps you steer clear of liars and cheaters, those who only want to drag you down with them.” ~Proverbs 2:12-15 (Randy Reed Paraphrased Version)

Well, my friend Randy did it again! I receive a daily blessing from Randy’s journey through personalizing verses of scripture and this one really caught my attention as I was trying to decide what my blessing for today might be as the book of Proverbs came up on my daily journey through the Bible. Wisdom is the operative word. I once heard from a Christian psychologist that “knowledge” is the accumulation of information, “wisdom” is the ability to do the right thing with that information. Knowledge is gathering and wisdom is applying; knowledge is getting and wisdom is appropriately using.

With those definitions in mind I have done word searches through the Bible to see if its writers (and therefore God) might have written with this contrast in mind. Though very few things are perfectly one way or the other, I did find an amazing amount of evidence suggesting that God and His authors probably agreed with the Christian psychologist (or better stated, the Christian psychologist apparently caught and learned the difference from God and His authors! They came before he did! J) The Bible, and especially the book of Proverbs, has a lot of positive things to say about “knowledge,” but it almost always is linked with some form of the value of “wisdom.” Knowledge in itself puffs up and makes proud; wisdom rescues me by helping me know how to apply what I am learning for some useful purpose. It does not condemn knowledge (so keep learning) but it appears to me to be more concerned about wisdom (so keep going beyond just accumulating information and discover the blessings of making good application and use of that information!)

It’s sort of like the “calling” that we are focusing on this year at Union. It’s not bad to get a job when you finish college, but a job by itself can get pretty boring and pointless after a while. But to find my calling, the way God wants me to use the gifts and talents He has given me to make a difference in the world, and use it at the place where I spend a lot of my time and from where I receive my pay check for living, is like a whole other world of opportunity and potential.

So, Proverbs (and Randy) reminded me of the importance of going beyond knowledge and to the possibility of wisdom. And my application came as I was reminded this morning again of the privilege I have to work with people who are more focused on you finding God’s calling in your life than they are of graduating you so you can settle for just getting a job. I encourage you to take advantage of those “wise” people (who have lots of “knowledge”) and don’t settle for less than wisely discovering God’s calling in your life.

Have a great day full of wisdom and calling,

Pastor Rich

PS           “Jammin’ for Jesus” is back. Join Anna and friends in Rees Hall from 9-9:30pm for a great time of worship, praise and fellowship.