Redefining Wisdom

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Reading: Job 28-31 

“Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.” (Job 28:28)

After a few months, we can buy a new gadget. In a few years, we can begin investing on a house of our own. But when we think deeply about what we really need in life, we must gradually accept the fact that the most valuable things are those that money can never buy – one of them is godly wisdom. “Man does not know its worth, and it is not found in the land of the living.” (Job 28:13)

Secular wisdom can be gained over time through a vast repertoire of human experience. Though that is of value, we must understand that true godly wisdom begins, first and foremost, in a posture of reverential fear of the Lord. It is a kind of fear that is birthed out of love and of utter respect to the One who has been pursuing us right from the very beginning. Since there is a sense of reverential awe and fear towards God, we turn our eyes from wickedness then seek to abide and obey what God so desires.

How can we discern God’s will today? We go to his Word – his revealed will to man. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Fil Anderson wisely wrote, “The Word of God is not a self-help book nor a placebo to calm our fears. Neither is it a [self-help] guide to career success or greater effectiveness in ministry. It is, in truth, a love letter that invites us to be embraced by the Lover who wrote the letter. Sacred Scripture has tremendous power to free us from the mold the world squeezes us into. The God of the universe, who, in the beginning, shaped life into existence with spoken words, today speaks words meant to reshape our lives.”

Let us get our hands on God’s Word today, so we may gain a heart of wisdom leading to a transformed life.

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Random Reflection on Priorities

Opportunities are good. Leadership tasks are challenging, but still good. Ministry could be a heavy term for the majority, but I tell you, it is good. Work is good. Spending time with people you love is good. There are so many good things in life, to be honest. They are so good to the point you’d wish you could do all of them at the same time!

Admittedly however, man is bound by time and our capacities have thresholds. We live within what we call “limits”.

But there will always be people who would dare surpass their limits. In fact, most of them would say “yes” to every opportunity that comes their way. And say “yes” to any good offer. Inherently, you may deem it as good. But up to what point shall we respond with a “yes”?

This is where we introduce our priorities into the scene.

Breathe deeply, and answer this question: What are your priorities?

Your priorities would reflect your life view, the principles you embrace, your goals, and even your age (believe it or not). Now, why is this important? Well, here’s just my two cents about the matter. I believe we can choose to do anything, but we can never do everything. Therefore, we need to set our priorities right.

It is very important to admit, first and foremost, that we are not super-humans. We cannot spread ourselves too thinly. Next, we have to understand that being busy does not necessarily equate to productivity. At times, doing less could mean doing more, since you focus your energies on what needs to be done first. Lastly, we wisely veer away from the dreaded condition named “burn out”!

In this process, you can choose to re-write your entire schedule, post visual reminders on your workspace, set up a priority list, ask an accountability partner to regularly check on you… whichever works for you!

I want to encourage you to start re-examining your priorities in the coming holidays. And I pray that you would welcome the coming year with fresh eyes and a profound passion to focus on things that really matter.