. . . but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
1 Corinthians 1:24
In one way or another Jesus’ wisdom speaks to me more than his other virtues, for life is continually about seeking wisdom. We need wisdom to be able to take decisions, make choices and be able to respond well to what comes at us. We need wisdom in our relationships, in our thought processes, in our conflicts and in our vision for the future of the church. Where do we find this wisdom?
This wisdom is more than just having sufficient information and knowledge in order to be able to consider the pros and cons. It is also more than clear insight. Wisdom is, first of all, a person: Jesus! Wisdom also has everything to do with love. Only when we bring our questions and problems and uncertainties into Jesus’ loving relationship with us, will we slowly discover what true wisdom is.
More and more I discover the truth of Christ being God’s wisdom for us. And I increasingly understand these precious words of the apostle Paul:
[I struggle] that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
All wisdom hidden in Christ! That means the more I focus on him, the more intensively I worship him, the more wisdom I will possess in this life here on earth. This sounds very promising. And so I pray with Psalm 90:
So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
This is how I try to walk in the footsteps of Lady Wisdom:
Hear, for I will speak noble things,
and from my lips will come what is right,
for my mouth will utter truth;
wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
All the words of my mouth are righteous;
there is nothing twisted or crooked in them.
They are all straight to him who understands,
and right to those who find knowledge.
Take my instruction instead of silver,
and knowledge rather than choice gold,
for wisdom is better than jewels,
and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.
Jesus, you are wise! All the treasures of wisdom are hidden in you. And I want to believe with all my heart that you are God’s ultimate wisdom. Make me wise, be my wisdom, and allow me time and again to enjoy your insights for living taken from your own insight and knowledge. How precious is your wisdom! How precious you are, Lord, you who are my wisdom.