‘Teach me good judgement and knowledge’ (Psalm 119:66 ESV)
When we were young babies, and we tried to copy people as they spoke to us, we may have gurgled and garbled and made many funny noises rather than spoken properly; we could not talk, as we had not learned speech. It may have been cute to listen to, but it made no sense to others listening.
As we grew up and matured, we learned many different words; and then, we learnt when to, and how to use them properly in the conversations that we had.
I heard of a man who travelled from an old eastern communist country, and then decided to settle down, to live and to work in England. Most nights, when it was time, he would go to bed with a dictionary as his bed-time companion, there he would try to learn 3 new words. He tried to use these newly acquired words whenever he got a chance, sometimes with amusing reactions from his work colleagues, but, he continued to practice, and constantly persevered, eventually becoming fluent in the language.
Paul, whilst talking about love, and how that never changes, reminded the Corinthian church, how people could and did change, ‘When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child’ (1 Corinthians 13:11 NIV), then as we get older and presumably ‘wiser’ ‘When I became a man, I gave up childish ways’ (1 Corinthians 13:11 ESV).
This is true. When we are young, we may have a fully formed mind, but it is empty. Well, not completely empty, but there is not much information in there when we are very young, just the basics.
As we grow and learn, information fills our mind with experiences, and experience is what we generally use to make our life choices, sometimes these are good ones, and occasionally really bad ones.
Some people though, seem to cling to their childhood with everything that they have, not wanting to let it go; even Jesus said;
‘Let the little children come to me… … the kingdom of God belongs to such as these’ (Mark 10:14 NIV).
Many times, when I was younger, growing up, and even recently when being mischievous, people have told me to ‘grow up’ or ‘act your age, not your shoe size’. But did not Jesus say, we have to be child-like?
‘anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it’ (Mark 10:15 NIV).
Behaving like a child is not the part that we have to be fixated upon. What we need to understand is that we have to have the ‘mind-set’ of a child, to be trusting, and be willing to listen, explore, and at times, to have an unquestioning child-like faith.
When I was young, if my mother or father said something to me, or told me anything, generally I believed them; I had faith in them. Faith that they would not lie to me, that they would tell me only truths, and, or, things that would be of benefit to me personally.
King Solomon is said to have been the wisest person ever to have lived, and is said to have written over 3000 proverbs, many of which are stored within the pages of the Bible. Solomon wrote;
‘My child, listen when your father corrects you’ (Proverbs 1:8 NLT).
Not only should we listen to our earthly parents, but when God, our heavenly parent speaks to us, we should listen all the more. The reason that we should be more willing to listen is, ‘the LORD gives wisdom’ (Proverbs 2:6 NKJV), and as we learn to listen, we also grow, ‘those who take advice are wise’ (Proverbs 13:10 NLT). The reason that God gives wisdom is, ‘To God belong wisdom and… … understanding is [are] his’ (Job 12:13 NIV), so we go to the source of all information and knowledge for anything that we need to know, and in addition to this, ‘it is impossible for God to lie’ (Hebrews 6:18 NIV). We will get only truth from our heavenly Father!
That being the case, as Jesus taught;
‘What father… if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent’ (Luke 11:11 ESV).
There is a life lesson here. What Jesus is saying is, that even though we are not perfect parents, we do the best that we can for our off-spring, but, even though we do our best, we still fail, and some of us may fail our children, a lot.
As a parent, I can see times when I have not ultimately done what was the best for my children in the past, and have failed them, and it pains me to realise this; but God, is our all loving heavenly Father, and he is perfect, and will not fail us, ‘God will supply every need of ours [yours]’ (Philippians 4:19 ESV).
Whatever we need, we can ask of him;
‘this is the confidence we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us’ (1 John 5:14 ESV).
Whatever happens, we have to trust that God wants the best for us;
‘For I know the plans I have for you’ (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT).
God has a plan for every one of us, he wants what is best for us, he is a perfect parent; and like any parent, our heavenly Father will guide us;
‘I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go’ (Psalm 32:8 NIV).
God is a perfect parent, and we can learn from his words, and lean on him as we grow, and know that he will always be with us, ‘ Never will I leave you’ (Hebrews 13:5 NIV), and he will never leave us alone, ‘Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close’ (Psalm 27:10 NLT).
‘Wisdom comes with age they say, and with wisdom, comes knowledge;
’Wise words are more valuable than rubies’ (Proverbs 20:15 NLT).
‘How much better to get wisdom than gold’ (Proverbs 16:16 NIV).
When we grow and mature, we learn from experience, but we need God, for he has a plan for us (Jeremiah 29:11), and he will instruct us in what we should do (Psalm 32:8), and ultimately we can ask of our heavenly Father;
‘Teach us… … that we may gain a heart of wisdom’ (Psalm 90:12 NKJV).
There is something that’s better than the latest toy
There is something that never can be destroyed
It’s worth more than jewels and gold
Or anything money can buy
W-I-S-D-O-M spells wisdom, I need it
W-I-S-D-O-M in Your Word, I find it
I need Your wisdom, Lord, each day
Left to my own self I always tend to go astray
But in the Bible You reveal Your perfect ways
You teach me to think like You
Instead of being a fool
I wanna love it, live it, learn it, read it (W-I-S-D-O-M!)
I wanna know it, think it, speak it, breathe it (W-I-S-D-O-M!)
Father God, we thank you that we can come for all things. You are always there for us, even though we are not always there for you. Give us wisdom to come to you for all things. Give us wisdom to know what to do. Give us wisdom to know what you want us to do for your kingdom. Lord we want to live our lives for you and for your glory. Give us wisdom to know what to do and what to say when we meet people. Lord we ask you to help us grow in you and your love daily.