True Wisdom

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True wisdom comes only from God. Come to Him as a child, and then receive the wisdom of the ages.

Read Luke 10:21-29

There’s a story of a little boy who went to the local store with his Mother.  As they were preparing to leave, the shop owner, a kind-hearted man, handed the little guy a large jar full of suckers.  "Help yourself to a handful," he said.  Well, the usually outgoing boy suddenly became shy and he held back.  Smiling, the shop owner reached over and pulled out a handful of suckers and handed them to the child.

When they were outside, the boy's Mother looked at him and asked her son what was the matter.  Why had he suddenly been so shy and not taken the suckers when offered?  With a twinkle in his eyes, the little boy looked up at her and said, "Because his hand holds so many more suckers than mine!"  Childlike understanding.  It may not always be as backward as we think.  And according to Jesus, transforming our thinking is exactly what brings joy to the heart of God.

In this portion of Luke, Jesus' disciples had just returned from an exciting round of meetings spreading the good news of God's gracious Kingdom.  As they reported to Him of the amazing wonders they’d experienced, Jesus was quick to remind these disciples of where to keep their focus – not on the gifts, but on the Giver.  And it’s here that we find Jesus rejoicing with the Giver of good gifts…

“I praise You, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from the intellectuals and worldly wise and for revealing them to those who are as trusting as little children.  Yes, thank You, Father, for that is the way You wanted it.” Luke 10:21 

God pulled back the curtain on His incomprehensible Truth and revealed it to the childlike.  And then He let the curtain drop in the face of the wise.  Why was this, I wonder?  What's so appealing in the childlike that Almighty God would desire to share with them a portion of His wisdom?   Could it be that their understanding is deeper than we realize?  That they see not with the adult eyes of cynicism, but with the trusting eyes of faith?

Oswald Chambers once said that "God's revelation of Himself to me is determined by my character, not God's character."  It’s coming to terms with the fact that there is Someone who is bigger… brighter… better than we are.  And not feeling threatened by that fact.

In Psalm 51, King David recognized from where true wisdom comes...

Behold, You desire truth in the inner being; make me therefore to know wisdom in my inmost heart.  Psalm 51:6

True wisdom comes only from God.  Come to Him as a child, and then receive the wisdom of the ages.  Your Heavenly Father is just waiting to pull back the curtain for you.

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