O Come, True Wisdom
Open Your Bible
1 Kings 3:10-14, Luke 11:31, Matthew 13:10-17, Matthew 13:34-35, Mark 6:1-6, Colossians 2:2-3
BY Guest Writer
I picture the words dangling from my mouth, too far gone to reel them back in and impossible to brush them aside. I spit out the last word, face flushed and stomach clenched. It was a dumb thing to say, and I knew it the moment I started speaking. How I wished to be wiser, kinder, more like Jesus.
Some days it seems harder than others to be the person I’d like to be. On the road of sanctification, the path toward Christlikeness can feel more like a labyrinth than a four-lane highway. Have you ever sat with someone who seemed to radiate the love of God, where every encounter with them transformed your heart and they exuded a sense of heavenly wisdom?
At the heart of these transformed people is the wisdom of God. It’s more than just knowledge about the Lord. Like Moses, their faces seems to shine; a different kind of glow emanates from them (Exodus 34:29–35). They inspire us to a higher way of living. They show us that it’s possible to live out of our true identity as the redeemed people of God, citizens of the kingdom of heaven, right here and now.
From the beginning of time people have sought a source of wisdom. In the stars above and in pantheons of gods, civilization has searched for a guide. While men and women have long chased enlightenment, they’ve often looked for it in all the wrong places. Foolish gods, evil gods, weak gods—they just don’t measure up. Only the God of Abraham shows us perfect love, justice, and mercy.
But it’s not just ancient people who orient their lives by the wrong compass. Maybe we find ourselves putting more stock in the words of a morning talk show host than the words of the Bible. Or maybe we stop sharing our sorrows with God first and go straight to our friends for comfort. Of course, God can work through other people to speak to and comfort us, but we must discern if the counsel is coming from the well of everlasting life.
One incredible privilege as a follower of Jesus Christ is that we can have direct access to “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3). We ought not be swayed from the true source of wisdom, tempted to seek out relationships and paths promising an easier, more comfortable road. By the power of His Spirit, God is continually making us wiser, more compassionate—more like Him. And He makes us this promise: “You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:13).
In this season of busyness and celebration, let us make room for Immanuel. Let us draw near to the Christ Jesus, the One who left heaven to be with us. He is the only wise God (Romans 16:27). Lord Jesus, open our eyes to see You, and bless our ears to hear from You.
Kaitie Stoddard is a professional counselor who recently relocated from Chicago to Colorado with her husband. She has her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and is passionate about helping couples and families find healing in their relationships. On any given weekend you’re likely to find Kaitie snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains, checking out new restaurants with friends, or catching up on her favorite Netflix and podcast series.