Wisdom Is…

The Parable of the Wise Man & the Foolish Man {Matthew 7:24-29}

Hidden Treasures series ~ The Pearl Community

I’ve heard it said that wisdom is doing now what you’re going to be happy with later.

To me, wisdom is a tricky concept because we often associate it with words that come from other humans—a sage proverb, advice from an elder, words of king and court.

In this moment in history, the one thing I believe and stand by is that Truth and Wisdom can’t be rooted and grounded in any of those things. Eventually, they’ll all let us down. Here for us one day and gone the next.

So where can wisdom be found & what is it truly?

There’s only one place I can always go…

The Words in Red.

When Jesus spent time with people—talking to them, teaching them things, and healing the brokenness in their lives—it wasn’t long before they followed him everywhere.

One day He saw a crowd of those people and went to a mountainside to talk to them—everybody at one time. All of them…& all of us.

He talked about what “blessing” is and where it comes from,

Everyday things like salt in the kitchen and light from a lamp in our house,

He tackled big things like law-keeping and hearts that hold anger,

Things that we do with our love and our hate,

The words of our mouth, the actions of our hands,

The way we treat our enemies when they act hurtfully toward us,

The way we treat the poor & needy,

The way we pray & fast—and how we act while we’re doing it,

What treasure actually is & where to find it,

How to deal with worry,

What happens when we judge,

He gave us all—permission to ask

—invitation to enter through the gate

—clarity to see true things from false

…& then—He says this:

{THEREFORE} everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.

The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:24-29‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Maybe today your house feels blown and beaten. The storm is raging, murky flood waters swirl outside your door, and all you hear is wind, rain, and the voices of uncertainty and doubt.

Oh, love—

Today rest assured. Your house is still standing.

Your foundation is strong.

It’s nothing you built & nothing you can control.

Your foundation is the Rock—JESUS.

This week, if you’re feeling the storm, go back to these words in red. (All the ones mentioned can be found in the Sermon on the Mount starting in Matthew 5) I’ll be right there with you.

Let’s speak these words today—over our lives, our homes, our communities, our nation, our world—

“It is well.”

Published by Nicki Bishop

Inspirational Writer // Arts & Literacy Instructor // Worship Musician

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