Wisdom…an awesome sounding word when you say it.
As defined by Webster’s Dictionary:
1. The right use or exercise of knowledge; the choice of laudable ends, and of the best means to accomplish them. This is wisdom in act, effect, or practice. If wisdom is to be considered as a faculty of the mind, it is the faculty of discerning or judging what is most just, proper and useful, and if it is to be considered as an acquirement, it is the knowledge and use of what is best, most just, most proper, most conducive to prosperity or happiness. Wisdom in the first sense, or practical wisdom, is nearly synonymous with discretion. It differs somewhat from prudence, in this respect; prudence is the exercise of sound judgment in avoiding evils; wisdom is the exercise of sound judgment either in avoiding evils or attempting good. Prudence then is a species, of which wisdom is the genus.
Wisdom gained by experience, is of inestimable value.
It is hoped that our rulers will act with dignity and wisdom; that they will yield every thing to reason, and refuse every thing to force.
(Webster’s 1828 Dictionary on E-sword)
Wisdom can be reflected like light…illuminating the hidden darkness…
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her,
and she will watch over you.
(Proverbs 4:6 NIV)
For a Christ follower wisdom is found in the Words of God which are found in the Bible.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV)
As we find wisdom we are called to proclaim it.
Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage– with great patience and careful instruction. (2 Timothy 4:2 NIV)
For some, unfortunately, they choose to limit the definition by only connecting preaching to the vocation of ministry. The problem is that preaching was never meant to be strictly connected to words.
Some of the best sermons I have experienced…have not been preached…they have been seen.
This past Sunday night my daughter, Annie, and I were visiting a church for their evening service. The worship was great, the sermon spoke to my heart. But the blessing for me came at the end of the service during the prayer time. People were praying at the altar…and the Pastor was praying with folks.
But what caught my attention was a disabled woman…she was praying also…and then she got up and began to minister to others…kneeling down beside one…laying a hand on another’s shoulder. She was demonstrating the gospel before me…reminding me of a saying I like to use…
“God’s grace goes beyond our own pride and prejudice and uses the the unusable to do the impossible.”
I am very grateful that God gave me a lesson of what prayer really looks like…
As we celebrate our freedom today with Christ at the Cross-roads…I want to leave you with a video of what real freedom looks like…