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"My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
my tongue is the pen of a ready writer."
~ Psalm 45:1

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IN PURSUIT OF A SUPER-WORD

12/2/2022 12:50:00 PM BY Leona Choy

I feel a sense of urgency with the inevitable passing of time to be sure I finish my life course with a flourish, not with a deficiency. I'm inclined to try to hurry. But the turning of the pages of a calendar doesn't really matter—I'm on “renewed eagle time” (Psalm 103:5) and my life span is in God's hands. He is in charge of completing through me what He planned from the beginning. He will not let anything truncate His plan for me.

That brings me to the all-inclusive word I perceive the Lord has pointed me toward as I live my 98th year. It is a composite of all the other words I've had in past years; it embodies them all. The word is WISDOM. It is the super-word. “Above all, seek wisdom.” That will shield me from foolishness, from being deceived, going astray, dropping out, and being taken advantage of. Wisdom will keep me mentally sound.

Why is an owl the symbol of WISDOM? I have to research that and save that mined gold for another day. I do know that an owl is able to see clearly in the dark—and there is enough darkness surrounding us in these end times as we await the return of Jesus Christ to Earth for our resurrection. Wisdom doesn't come instantly. To "be wise" is not something we suddenly decide to be, but something acquired patiently with age and experience and walking with God in the ups and downs of life.

It's in our vintage years that wisdom is expected to flower and bear fruit and its fragrance waft to others. At least that's the proverbial ideal track. In our mature years, our spiritual grapes should finally be ripened and sweet. Christians who have accumulated many decades are supposed to be wise. “To whom much is given, of him will much be required.” We expect those who follow our footsteps to happily appreciate and benefit from our well-tried experience.

That may not always be the case. Sometimes, unfortunately, those of us in advanced years speak and act foolishly. Because the young insist on making their own mistakes, they are reluctant to profit from the experience of their elders. History has to repeat itself. We who are hopefully wise and mature should be careful to dispense our wisdom only when or if it is requested. Otherwise, let's zip the lips! That in itself is golden wisdom.

The wisdom I seek for myself in my mature years is wisdom to live out the will and purposes of God. I want to choose and act prudently as the path of life narrows and my remaining days can actually be numbered. God, grant me the wisdom of mature years to circumvent the potential foolishness of aging.

Wisdom is not a commodity to be kept for oneself. Wisdom is like the wind. You can't see the wind; you can only see the results of it by hearing the rustle of leaves in the trees or feeling the gentle brush of a breeze on your cheek on a sweltering day. I know I have received wisdom when I carry out a wise action or speak a wise word like Solomon did when he “practiced wisdom.”

People expect wisdom from those in their advanced years. That's why I have asked the Lord for it above all else. Where will wisdom come from? It is bound up in the person of Jesus Christ. The Scripture says “He was filled with wisdom.” Through Him “we are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God.” It is also one of the Gifts of the Spirit—“the word of wisdom”—to be received. God gives us “a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.” In Christ “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” The apostle Paul prayed not that we might have a trickle of wisdom, but that we might “be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” We must “let the word of Christ richly dwell within us, with all wisdom.”

“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). Other translations say that God gives wisdom “without resenting your asking” and “without finding fault” with your asking, or “reproving or rebuking you” for asking. It's not a shame to ask God for wisdom.

Despite my longevity, I feel deficient in wisdom and understanding. How is your measure of these precious commodities that are more valuable than silver and gold? Will you join me in their pursuit?



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