We tend to want wisdom in the moment, in a crisis, the way we want an emergency care center nearby. We also like the idea of knowing someone who is
wise, who sees the forest even standing in the middle of the trees. We want someone who can get to the heart of a matter—our matter—with direct simplicity; kind of a personal consultant.
But how important is it to you to grow wise? If it can just happen naturally, easily, we’d all be for it. But how many of us have made it a lifelong project to grow wise? Who pursues wisdom with the dogged training of a runner preparing for a marathon? The Bible teaches us that pursuing wisdom is a life or death decision. That it will make or break you. The
Bible teaches us how to grow wise—slowly, gradually, deeply. All of Scripture is wisdom literature, of course, but the books of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs specifically bear that label. In our minds at least, Proverbs is the book we think of first when we think of wisdom. This summer we will seek to learn to love wisdom more than we do. Our focus will be the first nine chapters of Proverbs in a series entitled, “Who is wise and understanding among you?” Generally, the short, pithy proverbs we think of are not in those nine chapters. They are in chapters 10-31, and some of those proverbs will be taught and considered during the 9 a.m. hour each Sunday. But our focus in the worship services will be developing a heart of wisdom.
These chapters have memorable characters: the father and the fool, the enticing adulteress and Ms. Wisdom. There are stories of traps and treasures, schemes and street corners. We all talk about wisdom, and hope that we have some measure of it, but here is the test and the training we need. As always, if you cannot be with us during summer Sundays you can read or listen to every sermon at our website, www.evcl.org/sermons.