“Achieving Wisdom”


A Meditation for 16 August, 2015, the 12th Sunday after Pentecost (Year B), based on 1 Kings 2: 10 – 12, 3: 3 – 14; Ephesians 5: 15 – 20; and John 6: 51 – 58

And there is Paul telling the Ephesians to wake up and climb out of their coffin. The last time that I used this reading (“What Does The Future Hold?”) I pointed out that this was a very interesting way to talk about thinking outside the box.

The first thing that Solomon asked for was wisdom; he knew that everything else would come if he had wisdom.

The powers that be could not understand what Jesus was saying. They were so hung up on the the current situation that it was almost impossible for them to see what was going on. And I am not entirely sure that they would have know what to do if they did know what was going on.

It is very much the same today. We focus on the present so much that we have no way of seeing or even envisioning what may take place tomorrow. We have been so concerned about our students not learning anything we have forgotten that the achievement of learning requires teaching them how to learn, not simply understanding untold number of facts.

And we as a society are quite willing to accept the words of a few self-appointed individuals as the truth and we do so without questioning or in face of the fact that what they are saying is not truth.

And quite honestly, many of those who espouse to be our religious leaders today, who tell us we need to live in a Christian society (while they themselves do not), would probably not recognize Jesus or would say that he doesn’t know what He is talking about, just as their 1st century counter-parts did.

And in the end, it does not matter what someone else tells you to think; it is what you decide to think that counts. But that means that you must study, you must seek, and you must be open to the whole world.

As I said, the first thing that Solomon sought when he became King was wisdom because that would give him the tools he needed to achieve other things.

How do we go about achieving that wisdom? It is by asking questions and seeking answers, not simply accepting what others tell you to say and/or do. Granted, if your teacher tells you early on that 1 and 1 is 2, it would be a good idea to accept that as the truth but you can always test the question but using a calculator to confirm the addition. Ultimately, of course, you have to do the calculations and trust the answers but that is part of the process of achieving wisdom.

Wisdom starts with some basic knowledge but to achieve wisdom you have to go beyond the basic information. Jesus gave everyone the same basic information and showed everyone how to get it; it was then and is now up to the individual to finish the task. We are pushed to think outside the box when we seek wisdom, the same wisdom that allowed Solomon to be one of the great Kings of Israel. But more than that, this gives us opportunities to further the Kingdom of God in ways that we may never know otherwise.

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One thought on ““Achieving Wisdom”

  1. This is an amazingly truthful paper, in which you “nail” the problems with our educational systems today. Perhaps, Common Core is a good description, although I have never used it when II taught English, writing, GED, and ESL classes in the schools and as an adjunct in five different Junior Colleges in both Dallas and Grayson counties,in Teas. I am now retired due to health issues, and I keep Fox News on all day long as I write and play games, eat, pray and so on. There is such revelation in their reports, and it is exactly what you are talking about. Social media has caused, in my opinion, most everyone to stop talking face to face with people. They are so addicted to their fancy. expensive phones that some sleep with them so they can text at night. Good grief! No wonder God is not being lifted up, when the liberal teachers tell the students what to think and their grades depend on their spitting it back out just as the teacher said it to get a good grade. And people wonder why our country is falling low on the scales of intellectual honesty and original thought.! You truly painted it accurately, and it is a miserable shame that the US has fallen to this low level in our current world. Students need to think, and they don’t know how. Thank you for this enlightening composition that definitely reflects how the world is today in the life of academia. Jlheman1945 Keep up the good work. Readers need you.

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