1 Corinthians 1:24, 30
24 “But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 30 He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption,”
“And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and with people.”
When Jesus, Who has always been, became flesh, what must it have been like to gaze upon God? Wisdom wrapped in a blanket, thought to be folly by those who could not see. A radical plan of salvation delivered in a fragile form. The very expression of wisdom, personified. Christ modeled in the form of a babe that the “folly” of God is greater than man’s highest wisdom; that a seemingly futile effort, crafted from love and faithfulness, far exceeded any other plan. Wisdom was there in the beginning with God – wisdom is God.
You can see it in the expression on one’s face, when wisdom is in their soul. There is a light in their eyes, a purpose and a clarity to their existence which sees beyond the common circumstances of life. It is a knowledge of our eternity and an inward longing for God which keeps one on this path of wisdom.
Recently I watched a movie called, “The Book Thief”. The movie details the life of a young orphaned girl living in Nazi Germany. The grim reaper narrates the movie, describing how people lived their lives and illustrating how the main character, Leisel, truly lived wisely. She saw pain and turmoil, but she did not deviate from the pursuit of wisdom and from living rightly. There is no higher goal than that. No other method of living that lasts for eternity.
To have attributed to a person that they lived wisely is an impossibility with man; one foolish choice proves our inability to be fully wise. Yet our goal should be to walk in wisdom – folly has no reward and is not truly living. We will never be perfect as Jesus was when He walked this earth, but we can choose to embrace His wisdom and cry out to God to walk as He did.
Lord, You are all-wise, all-knowing. Help us to ascribe to live like You did – in wisdom.