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wise beyond ourselves…

All around us people are saying, “I have the answer for this problem and if you will just follow my advice, you will come out okay.” Then reality hits: bad answer, bad decision, bad advice, bad results. It seems like in our temporal world of wanting to please ourselves, we would just go to the source of all wisdom about the very foundational things in life. That person would be… Jesus. But no, we worry and fret and somehow forget (that rhymes, cool!) the great supply of wisdom that comes from our Lord. James 3:13 says, “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” Verse 17 goes on to say, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.” In other words, wisdom carries some good baggage with it as listed in the above-mentioned scripture.

Our wisdom many times carries the other baggage, filled with our personal impressions, or personal wants, our personal hurts, etc. All of those things are good to learn from but not the basis for handling tough times with a clear mind. In other words, we are to be wise beyond ourselves. Wise, but with God’s wisdom from His Word. As we approach leading worship and living our daily lives this week, ask God to show you true wisdom from His Word to help you handle the things going on in our world right now. His wisdom never disappoints and is always lasting. It’s really awesome to see that the maker of the world’s wisdom is made open and clear to us, sinners saved by grace. We must choose to access that wisdom at every trun and find out how to walk our daily walk in the abundant life.

Also, think about singing beyond yourself as well. I believe God’s Word shows how true worshippers worship, in spirit and in truth. That kind of worship is way beyond what we can conjure up. We’re good…we’re just not THAT good. Keep singing. He’s worth it!

The Pilgrimage continues…. David Warren

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