I am NOT a big news watcher. Let’s face it, I am running around and chasing kids until late at night – watching the news just doesn’t appeal to me. I can vividly remember growing up and having 4 channels on my television. My parents used to watch the news regularly at 5pm each night. It was the way we got our information back then. Today, people will check the internet, read their paper online and even watch the new 24-7. Crazy! As I have matured in life, the news has become less and less reliable and more and more sensationalized. News media can start a panic with the snap of their fingers. Let’s face it – who else can touch millions of viewers within minutes? Wisdom is not found on the news, in fact I am not even sure facts are found on the news.
I cannot imagine if Jesus were living amongst us today. What would he say to the news? Probably nothing. You know why? Because He doesn’t want His words twisted and manipulated to say something that He didn’t mean. Unfortunately things were not much better back in Jesus’ day.
Check out these verses in Matthew…
When Jesus had come into the temple area,
the chief priests and the elders of the people approached him
as he was teaching and said,
“By what authority are you doing these things?
And who gave you this authority?”
Jesus said to them in reply,
“I shall ask you one question, and if you answer it for me,
then I shall tell you by what authority I do these things.
Where was John’s baptism from?
Was it of heavenly or of human origin?”
They discussed this among themselves and said,
“If we say ‘Of heavenly origin,’ he will say to us,
‘Then why did you not believe him?’
But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we fear the crowd,
for they all regard John as a prophet.”
So they said to Jesus in reply, “We do not know.”
He himself said to them,
“Neither shall I tell you by what authority I do these things.”
Jesus knew his words would be twisted no matter what he answered. He knew that they would twist it for their benefit. I love how Jesus tells the chief priests and elders that He is not answering them. He does it so perfectly. “Look if you aren’t going to answer my question, then I am not going to answer yours.” The best part is when He slyly gives them a scenario which really has the answer hidden within the question. I wish I could do that. Jesus uses wisdom in his reply. He allows God to guide Him. Where can I get me some of that wisdom?
Wisdom is right under my nose and yet I just cannot seem to grasp it. I plow through decisions without a thought in my mind as to what may happen. I have snap reactions that cause words to spew out of my mouth without any care as to who I may be hurting. How on earth can I stop these quick reactions and use wisdom before responding?
When I get in those situations and I need to reply quickly, it is so hard. I try to come up with a Jesus-like retort, but my own pride gets in the way. Wisdom of word is hard to track down when your own sin gets in the way. How in the world can I find the wisdom that Jesus uses?
Recently, a friend of mine gave me a great reply to almost any scenario. She said anytime someone asks her a question or asks her to do something she replies this, “That is a great question (or idea), I like to take my time and pray about everything. If you don’t mind, I would like to take a day and pray about this too.”
What can the person say to that? It is a brilliant idea. Pray about it before answering or saying yes. Prayer is the key to wisdom.
As we approach the birth of Jesus, I plan on taking the time to pray before answering. Close the gap that allows evil to enter by praying before someone can twist your words, or catch you off guard. Pray for wisdom. Pray that you don’t say yes to one more thing without checking with God first.
They key to finding wisdom is making room for God. When I fill my life with all of my selfish desires and ambitions, I cannot possibly expect wisdom to just pop out of no where. I need God in order for true wisdom to be found. I guarantee you there is no other way to find wisdom. In just 9 days, we all will be reminded that God gave us this small baby to reveal to us the road to Wisdom. Trust me, find that road – I promise you – you won’t regret it.