“I prayed, and wisdom was given me; I entreated, and the spirit of Wisdom came to me.” (Wisdom 7:7, New Jerusalem Bible)
The wisdom that Christians should be praying for is that which is from the heavenly abode of our Lord. As Solomon of old said, it is the type of wisdom that he “preferred to scepter and throne, and deemed riches nothing in comparison”. The wisdom that comes from God is divine instruction, and as such it is every Christian’s duty to follow His instructions. Our obedience to His instructions shows our loyalty to and love of our Lord. Jesus said, “If you love me you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
This divine instruction is the “word of God” which is “living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword…and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) We can think of both Jesus Christ and the Scriptures as the “word of God” because it is from both that we receive this divine instruction, or heavenly manna. Without our Lord’s teachings and commandments, we easily become lost. Without proper fear of God (Proverbs 9:10) and obedience to His commandments, we begin walking on dangerous ground – further away from the narrow path, not much different than the man we read about in the Gospel of St. Mark. This man “ran up, knelt down before [Christ], and asked him,” what he should do to inherit eternal life. Jesus told the man that he already knew the commandments, for which the man replied, “all of these I have observed from my youth.” However, when Jesus gave him further instruction, namely to “sell what you have, and give to the poor”, the man “went away said, for he had many possessions.” (See Mark 10:17-30) This man was not willing to part from his material possessions. If only he could have seen the importance of follow after Christ’s wisdom, the word of God, the same divine instruction that King Solomon said he esteemed more than riches.
Reflection: Am I praying for wisdom? Do I put more importance on my material possessions than divine instruction? How can I put Jesus’ words in action today?
God bless you,
Fr Charles Allen