If we live to three score years and ten then yesterday I turned middle aged. The question that I often ask myself around my birthday is have I changed over the past year – for the better or for the worse? I came across this quote from Tom Wilson:
Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.
Just because I am a year older and have a few more gray hairs it doesn’t necessarily follow that I am wiser. The question is do I want to be wiser and if I do, how does it happen? Yes I can read books and become knowledgeable – but I may still not be any wiser. Wisdom comes from knowing who God is, his character and having a proper perspective on your life:
Jeremiah 9:23-24 This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, 24 but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.
So how do I get wise? It is not through making mistakes, nor is it through as Paulo Coelho says in the Alchemist travelling as far as possible to see as much as possible or staying in one place and knowing it in intimate detail. Wisdom comes from God. The great thing is though that wisdom is not exclusive or illusive; it is available to us all if we only ask:
James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
How amazing God is – we do not need to earn wisdom, we only need ask and he will give us generously and without questioning why we lack it in the first place!
So this year for my birthday I ask God for wisdom for I know I will not find it apart from him, and in asking I know that he will give to me joyfully and generously because he has promised to.