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July 24, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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"Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold."—Proverbs 3:13–14 (NLT)
Every great hero needs a wise mentor . . . someone to pass along their wisdom, to prepare the hero for the difficulties that await, to help and guide the hero on their journey to save the world. Frodo needed Gandalf. Luke needed Obi Wan. Spider-Man needed Uncle Ben. Simba needed Rafiki. The turtles needed Master Splinter. Arthur needed Merlin.
The wisdom of the guide is so important because it allows the often naïve, young, wide-eyed hero to see the bigger picture, to understand the stakes and the sacrifices that must be made, and stay grounded and focused. And a hero’s journey cannot be completed until they embrace the wisdom of the guide and put it into practice—Luke using the force to destroy the Death Star, Simba embracing his role as king and returning to the Pride Lands, Spider-Man accepting the great responsibility that came with great power.
The Bible has A LOT to say about wisdom. All throughout the Book of Proverbs, we’re told about the importance of wisdom, the value of wisdom, and the joys of finding wisdom.
Now, in a world full of experts and TED Talks, full of “wise” people and sage advice on everything from succeeding in life to winning friends and influencing people . . . how can we truly begin to understand what wisdom is? Whose wisdom do we listen to? Whose wisdom do we seek?
The answer is in Matthew 7:24 (NLT): “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.” These are the words of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Wisdom . . . true wisdom; the eternal, unfading, unchanging, and yet life-changing kind of wisdom comes only from following Jesus, from living in the light of His love and living out the truth of His Word. Wisdom comes when we immerse ourselves in Christ; when we fill our cup with His words. And as we fill our cup with Him, it will overflow. As we immerse ourselves in Christ, we will begin to imitate Christ. Again, as He said, “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise” (emphasis added).
Today, friends, I invite you to forsake the wisdom of the world and seek after true wisdom. Enjoy a richness more valuable than gold and silver, bask in the joy of the fear of the Lord, and follow in the footsteps of our Savior!
DIG: On a Bible reference site or in a Bible concordance, search “wisdom.”
DISCOVER: What do you think Paul meant when he said that God would confound the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27)? Who was he talking about? What kind of wisdom will He put to shame?
DISPLAY: Today, ask for wisdom from the Lord. Seek it out in His Word with ferocity, passion, and open-heartedness to hear from Him.
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.