James 1:5 (NLT)
5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.
“If you need wisdom….” I wonder if that’s not a rhetorical statement – “If you need wisdom….” Really? Today is a scary place where we’re getting into things we really don’t know about, nor do we know the consequence of – from artificial intelligence (AI) and automation to CRISPR and cloning. These are all (possibly) really good things, but are we getting close to the Tower of Babylon stage again? Wisdom is knowing how to best use our knowledge.
So, how should we use our knowledge? What’s wise?
Mark 12:30-31 New Living Translation (NLT)
30 “And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”
Love your neighbor as yourself. Put others first. Simple. Contrarian. Christ like. Wise.
Matthew 25:35-36 New Living Translation (NLT)
35 “For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.”
That’s what it looks like. Friends helping friends, friends helping strangers. Strangers helping strangers. All helping each other. All the time. The main focus. Wise.
Desperately needed if we’re going to use all of our knowledge for the good it is intended for.
2 Corinthians 9:10 (NLT)
10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of righteousness in you.
Psalm 93:5 (NLT)
5 Your royal laws cannot be changed. Your reign, O Lord, is holy forever and ever.
God blesses everyone. The knowledge is there, our eyes are being opened, our minds growing over time. How we use it determines what our future looks like. Wisdom seeks its place in the decision making process.