Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wisdom In The Wilderness!

I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. (Prov. 4:11) 

The Hebrew word for "desert" is midbaar. It's from the word dahbaar, meaning "to speak." Let me draw from that root term and suggest that the desert is the place where God speaks, where He communicates some of His most important messages to us. . . . 

Your desert experience might involve caring for an ailing family member or an elderly parent over an extended time, with no help at hand and no relief in sight. Your sojourn in the dry lands might be a stubborn physical condition that keeps you confined. It could be that deep soul-ache that comes with an unfaithful spouse, or a rebellious teenager. . . . 

Does God know? Does He understand? He understands very well, my friend. After all, He's the One who put you there. His schooling includes time in the wilderness. That's where He gets our attention. 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

Finding our way through life can be a very difficult endeavor sometimes. How much more would it be to find that small morsel of wisdom to help along the way of the wilderness? Man's wisdom can only get us so far. I for one am a very strong advocate of leadership. As a result, I have a great deal of respect and admiration for those who advocate quality leadership. 

My only concern is that in striving for essential leadership, we can get lost in pursuing humanistic wisdom instead of pursuing and being grounded in biblical leadership. Humanistic wisdom is centered in self whereas biblical wisdom in centered in Christ. With that in mind, who's wisdom do you stand on? Man's or God's? 

The wilderness we find ourselves in can be full of dangerous obstacles, beautiful vistas, and all sorts of other things. As we wonder through the wilderness of life, we must be mindful of what is happening in, through, and around us. Are we being mindful of what God Himself is trying to speak (and bring) into our lives? When it's all said and done, it is His wisdom that really matters. This doesn't imply that we cannot learn from or fellow brothers and sisters in Christ because God can (and will) use them to speak to us.  I strongly encourage you friends to seek out the spirit of discernment so that you will be able to decipher the difference between humanistic wisdom and godly, biblical wisdom. 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).