How to Be Wise. My Calling to Lack Wisdom.4:40 PM
I am one who loves reading a book with a huge shock-factor event within the first few pages. It draws me in and keeps my attention. Yes, many doctors call this ADD. Yet, your curiosity of my blog title has drawn you in! My calling to lack wisdom is as simple. More specifically, my calling is to lack my own narcissistic wisdom.
I was studying scripture for my next blog, but then I came across a passage of scripture that gave me that shock factor. I couldn't put it down or move on to the next passage. Even the footnotes pulled me in! I immediately had to text, post and now blog about it! Ecclesiastes 2 is PACKED with wisdom and descriptions of Solomon searching for joy; leading by his own understanding of wisdom. This "wisdom" allowed his selfish desires with sex, drugs and rock and roll to appear to be the better life choices. The story relates to and describes a lot of us; we are searching for a fulfilling life and living life by the "wisdom" we've created according to our own selfish desires. We try to live some kind of whimsical life, that only ends up stealing, killing and destroying us in the end.
Check out this story, and let it sink into your heart. Allow yourself to examine the source of wisdom by which you are living and what you're really searching for and where you're finding it...
Ecclesiastes 2:1-26 //
2 I said in my mind, Come now, I will prove you with mirth and test you with pleasure; so have a good time [enjoy pleasure]. But this also was vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility)!2 I said of laughter, It is mad, and of pleasure, What does it accomplish?3 I searched in my mind how to cheer my body with wine—yet at the same time having my mind hold its course and guide me with [human] wisdom—and how to lay hold of folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men to do under heaven all the days of their lives.4 I made great works; I built myself houses, I planted vineyards.5 I made for myself gardens and orchards and I planted in them all kinds of fruit trees.6 I made for myself pools of water from which to water the forest and make the trees bud.7 I bought menservants and maidservants and had servants born in my house. Also I had great possessions of herds and flocks, more than any who had been before me in Jerusalem.8 I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and of the provinces. I got for myself men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men—[a]concubines very many.9 So I became great and increased more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me and stood by me.10 And whatever my eyes desired I kept not from them; I withheld not my heart from any pleasure, for my heart rejoiced in all my labor, and this was my portion and reward for all my toil.11 Then I looked on all that my hands had done and the labor I had spent in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after the wind and a feeding on it, and there was no profit under the sun.12 So I turned to consider [human] wisdom and madness and folly; for what can the man do who succeeds the king? Nothing but what has been done already.13 Then I saw that even [human] wisdom [that brings sorrow] is better than [the pleasures of] folly as far as light is better than darkness.14 The wise man’s eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness; and yet I perceived that [in the end] one event happens to them both.15 Then said I in my heart, As it happens to the fool, so it will happen even to me. And of what use is it then for me to be wiser? Then I said in my heart, This also is vanity (emptiness, vainglory, and futility)!16 For of the wise man, the same as of the fool, there is no permanent remembrance since in the days to come all will be long forgotten. And how does the wise man die? Even as the fool!17 So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me; for all is vanity and a striving after the wind and a feeding on it.18 And I hated all my labor in which I had toiled under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to the man who will succeed me.19 And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have dominion over all my labor in which I have toiled and in which I have shown myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility)!20 So I turned around and gave my heart up to despair over all the labor of my efforts under the sun.21 For here is a man whose labor is with wisdom and knowledge and skill; yet to a man who has not toiled for it he must leave it all as his portion. This also is vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility) and a great evil!22 For what has a man left from all his labor and from the striving and vexation of his heart in which he has toiled under the sun?23 For all his days are but pain and sorrow, and his work is a vexation and grief; his mind takes no rest even at night. This is also vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility)!24 There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink and make himself enjoy good in his labor. Even this, I have seen, is from the hand of God.25 For who can eat or who can have enjoyment any more than I can—[b]apart from Him?26 For to the person who pleases Him God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and heaping up, that he may give to one who pleases God.
This also is vanity and a striving after the wind and a feeding on it.
My wisdom... My "wisdom" is designed to fit my own selfish desires, to find some kind of fulfillment and meaning in life.
My "wisdom" leaves me wondering if there is something more in this world and continues to leave me searching for the truth.
What is the truth? What truth can give me peace that passes all understanding? What wisdom can bring me to the place of pure satisfaction and serenity? What truth can set me free?! How can living by my own wisdom filled with borrowed beliefs, provide me peace and understanding of my life?
My life becomes a puppeteer's game, and the "wisdom" I use to seek freedom in this world, left me bound in chains.
How foolish am I to question God! How foolish am I to seek pleasure that, in reality, is the wolf of pain dressed in sheep's clothing. But I do... I wake up every day eagerly wanting to satisfy my own selfish desires, because ladies and gentlemen, we're born sinners.
We live in an imperfect world. How you choose to live your life is what defines you. Whom you choose to live for determines your eternal destiny. You have God's way with true wisdom, or you have the Devil's way. God's way always wins. Jesus IS the way, the truth, and the light.
The pertinence of wisdom. God's wisdom is the breath of life. Believing in Him and living by His word is the key to eternal life. It's the only truth that will set you free. It's the wisdom that has been since the beginning, and will be to the end.
Our desperate need for God's wisdom and guidance is as crucial as our need for oxygen. Recognizing our need for God is the single greatest moment of our lives. It's when we lose our life, we find it life in Christ.
“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” - CS Lewis & shared by Jessica Thompson
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