When you hear the word “wisdom” what do you think of?
In the middle of your Bible, there is a book called Proverbs. Can you find it in your Bible? The book of Proverbs is a collection of short sayings that were written down by King David’s son, Solomon. These proverbs were meant to make people wise. And in Proverbs 3:18 that wisdom is called a Tree of Life:
Proverbs 3:18. She [Wisdom] is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.
Now I want to make sure we understand that God’s wisdom is NOT an actual tree. But it is LIKE a tree. How? Because God’s wisdom gives us life. When we trust God we have a better life. Not necessarily a better life on the outside, but a better life on the inside. Even when life is going bad on the outside, when we trust God and his love, we can still be OK on the inside. If we don’t do good in school, we can know we are loved by God and still be happy. If we lose the game, we can trust God and have fun. If we get sick, we can trust God and not be afraid while we try to get better. And even if things don’t get better on the outside, we know that we are better on the inside because we trust God. That’s wisdom. Trusting God with all your heart.
For the rest of your life you will be told that you need to know more things, and learn more things, and do more things. And yes, learning things and doing things is good. But it’s not the most important thing in your life. Trusting God is. Trusting God is wisdom. And wisdom is life.
There’s one more thing we need to know about God’s wisdom, and it’s the most important thing. God’s wisdom isn’t an actual tree, but it is an actual person – Jesus. The Bible says that Jesus is the wisdom of God. If being wise is trusting God, then the wisest thing you can do is trust Jesus. Trust that Jesus came to die for us and to take away our sins. And that’s the only way to have God’s good life of love, and joy, and peace on the inside.
Because of Jesus we know we can trust God and have eternal life.
With Jesus we can be wise – trusting God’s love for us through Jesus.
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Jesus, I trust that you love me and came to save me from my sins. Help me to trust you today no matter what happens. Amen.