The 18th-century philosopher Voltaire once wrote that common sense is not so common. Centuries later, I think most of us would agree that this is largely still a true statement. Knowledge is abundant, but wisdom seems to be a bit more difficult to find. And unfortunately, honesty forces me to admit that I don’t always choose or act with wisdom myself. In an imperfect world with imperfect people, everyone you know – including yourself – will at times suffer from a shortage of wisdom.
This means that we’re all in the same boat of being in a constant need to seek wisdom. Fortunately, God makes it available. At Liberty Hill, we began the month of January with a challenge: read one chapter in Proverbs a day for the month of January. Thirty-one chapters in thirty-one days. We are finding, though, that the book of Proverbs is more than a book of wisdom: it is a demonstration of how seeking God affects every area of our lives. There is absolutely nothing in our lives that is not affected or influenced by our walk with God. We were created to walk in harmony with Him, and Proverbs is a collection of teachings that show the practical demonstrations of what that looks like. God is concerned with our whole lives; not just what we might be tempted to categorize as “faith issues.” Our lives as a whole are spiritual, and all that we do is connected with God. To live wisely, we must first live with God.
This Sunday at Liberty Hill we’re beginning our new series “Living Wisely,” as we explore the teachings and wisdom that God offers us through the book of Proverbs. I begin the series this Sunday at 10:30 AM with a talk about pursuing life’s most valuable treasures. I’ll give you a hint: it isn’t measured with a dollar sign. I hope you can worship with us this Sunday, and more than that, I hope each day of your life you are growing in God-given wisdom.