August 3, 2015

Proverbs 24:13-14 Eat honey, my son, for it is good;
honey from the comb is sweet to your taste.
Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul;
if you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.

This is a very interesting and apt simile. Young people might not fully understand the benefits of wisdom, but they can understand sweet! The point in the second half of the passage is one that is echoed in common expressions even today. The Japanese, agreeing with the Hebrew, says, “You will have a good end.” We put that in the negative sometimes, saying “He’ll come to no good end.” We also speak sorrowfully of people as, “but he had so much promise.” That’s because their hope was cut off, just as this verse says. Wisdom is indeed the answer to these issues, and true wisdom is based on an awareness and appreciation of God. (Job 28:28) Today there is a huge increase in knowledge, to the point that we speak of the “Information Age,” but too often that isn’t coupled with wisdom, and that is futile and often tragic. “Driving While Texting” is an excellent case in point. Knowledge, though usually desirable (we do speak of TMI) is neutral. It is only when it is coupled with wisdom that it truly benefits.

I’ve always been something of a “knowledge hound,” reading the Encyclopedia Britannica for fun from the 4th grade, but wisdom has been much more elusive! Thankfully I was raised by parents who were both intelligent and wise. Even more importantly, God has been incredibly patient and gracious toward me. How wise I am at this point is certainly open to debate, but I do have the firm foundation of an ongoing relationship with my Creator and Lord, and that is what is most important. I also know not to take myself too seriously. As Dr. Richard C. Pettigrew, a dear teacher and mentor from college and later, said in a poem once, “There’s such a thing as too much sense. We need a little nonsense to keep us sane.” I sometimes say that I know God has a sense of humor because He created me! (Maybe that humor is a little twisted?) In all of the confusion and carnage of the world today I still know that God is God and He is love, and that is really all the wisdom I need.

Father, thank You yet again for Your amazing grace. Help me receive the wisdom You offer so freely (James 1:5) and apply it fully, walking in step with Your Spirit (Galatians 5:25) so that Your grace and love may flow through me unhindered, drawing many to repentance and faith, for their salvation and Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!


About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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