Since the wise have rejected the word of the Lord, what wisdom is in them? Jeremiah 8:9
There is an abundance of knowledge in the world around us. We need only Google any topic and at once we are presented with literally thousands of possible bits of information for our perusal. There is growing consensus that there is a vast difference between the knowledge of the world and the wisdom of God. Sadly, in many instances, as we increase our storehouse of the world’s wisdom, we deplete − sometimes unintentionally, sometimes intentionally − the storehouse of God’s wisdom in our minds. Jeremiah declared the rejection of God’s wisdom was in effect a removal of all “wisdom”. It must be stated that there are exceptionally intelligent persons who have contributed immensely to the development of this world in all forms; but this is the point of Jeremiah’s statement – if our intelligence does not recognise the wonder and majesty of God then we are not that smart after all. In fact, it is in acknowledging God that we begin to grow in real understanding. It is then that we understand the many principles and laws that govern our success, our health, our happiness, our peace of mind and the laws that augur for good social interaction and safe development of our natural environments and habitats. Truly there is much wisdom in the words of God contained in the Word of God. And he has brought it even nearer to us as he sent his Son as ‘the Word which became flesh’.
Incarnate God, as we, in this Advent Season, celebrate the Word becoming flesh and dwelling among us, may we learn from your wisdom and ourselves become wise in you. Amen.