It was a fun drive through Wolf Creek State Park. It’s one of my grandkid’s favorite activities when they come to visit us. This early spring evening we were counting the abundant deer and listening to the croaking of frogs. Suddenly I pointed out a large owl perched on the top of a telephone pole. It was perhaps a Great Horned Owl. Rarely do you see one so close to the road and this early in the evening.
For many people an owl is an emblem of wisdom. Not because they are a particularly intelligent bird but the formation of its head allows the eyes to look straight forward like those of a man.
They are noted for their long eerie utterance of “who-who-who”. Owls may live to a great age. One eagle owl thrived in captivity for 68 years. Sometimes a wise person may be referred to as a wise old owl.
The word of God puts a premium on wisdom. Sadly, many people seem to lack wisdom. The good news is that one does not have to be super intelligent or have a college degree to be wise. Wisdom can be learned. Wisdom – Biblical wisdom – is being able to discern good and evil, darkness and light, and having good common sense to make right choices in life. Having and applying wisdom will determine whether you have true success in life or not. We can learn something from a wise old owl. The unique call of an owl is its “who-who-who”. Wisdom teaches that success is not so much what you do in life but “who-who-who” you are.
In the “Sermon on the Mount” Jesus taught what has become known as the BEATTITUDES. The emphasis is on “being” not doing. Jesus taught us attitudes of the heart that bring true happiness and God’s blessings on your life. Jesus taught, “Blessed are the meek (Humble), for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy” (Matthew 5:3-11). Who are you in your heart?
Proverbs is called the Book of Wisdom. For several years I have made it a practice of reading the chapter from Proverbs that corresponds with the day of the month. Do you desire wisdom to succeed in life? Read and apply the wisdom in Proverbs. Proverbs is a collection of lamps to bring light to your path and the dark corners of your life. Proverbs deals with such matters such as foolishness, wisdom, pride, humility, fear, wealth, friendship, mercy, lust, diligence, laziness, anger, flattery, gossip, violence and much more.
Do you have trouble with an enemy? Turn on the light of patience, “A soft answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). Are you anxious about tomorrow? Turn on the light of trust, “Commit your works to the Lord and your thoughts will be established” (Proverbs 16:3). Time spent with Proverbs makes a heart wise. It’s a practical guide for getting along with others.
In the New Testament the book of James is full of practical wisdom. James tells us that if anyone lacks wisdom they should ask God for it with faith, believing God will give it. (James 1:5) “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:13-18).
Do you desire wisdom for life? Look to the Ancient of Days. “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption – that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the Lord’” (I Corinthians 1:30 NKJV). Seek wisdom. Christ Jesus is God’s wisdom.
by: Cliff Sanders