Wise In Our Own Eyes

"Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?" (Ecclesiastes 7:16, emphasis mine) Asks Solomon.

Contrast the above with this: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not." (James 1:5)

Everyone has blind spots. Everyone has specific places within that lead to a potentially massive fissure. It takes time to fill in those hollow and vacuous places. That's what God's doing, even now. He's marshalling the resources of Heaven to get you where He wants you. But...that's not quite the right way of looking at it, is it? How 'bout this:

"And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not: for, behold, I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the Lord..." (Jeremiah 45:5)

"But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe." (Galatians 3:22)

"That no flesh should glory in His presence." (1 Corinthians 1:29)

These three verses speak to a bottom-up approach to dealing with God. To where you humble yourself prior to God exalting you. To where you don't even care about being exalted because you're content at your core with the fact that you're a "sinner, saved by grace". Actually, at your core, you're not a sinner anymore. That fact, alone, is enough to warrant the complete surrender of our lives to Him. Easy to write, easy to read, impossible to live out without God's help.

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17) It's referring to anyone who believes on and in Jesus. Not just men.

What Solomon did by applying all of His faculties to searching out the depth of the wisdom of God and His creation was, ultimately, an exercise in futility. I think he saw it: "All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me. That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out?" (Ecclesiastes 7:23-24) So how does this apply to us and our quest for wisdom for our own life? That's a pretty self-evident answer. And it's contingent on how much we truly desire God as a person, not just a fount of "wisdom". And life is so complex, that the kernel of wisdom that you received yesterday may not apply to the struggles that you're facing—in their particular fashion—today. "Give us this day our daily bread". Just like the children of Israel and the manna. Everything that God gives is supposed to point back to Him.

And if it's not leading you back in joyful worship and praise, then jettison it. No matter how wise you become, you'll never win over the heart of God with that modus operandi. Er, I mean...way of thinking. Only God can hold everything together. We'll never be fully capable.

"Why shouldest thou destroy thyself?" Good question.

"In whom (referring to Jesus) are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." (Colossians 2:3)

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