Pastor Mike at JBC started a 10 week series on Wisdom. It is going to be an awesome series if they are all are as good as tonight’s introductory sermon to the series. Wisdom is probably my favorite topic to study in the Bible because there are so many blessings attached to having wisdom. The Bible also talks about the fool, the person who is short on wisdom, and the consequences that the fool experiences in his life. Wisdom is like gold, it doesn’t jump up and bite you when you walk by, if you want it you have to seek it diligently. When my Dad was alive he had a gold claim in Southern Oregon, and he and I would work it about 10 days a year in order to keep it, and of course to find gold. This was back in the day when gold was $35 an ounce. We would run a little portable dredge for hours in the creek where our claim was, sucking up dirt, gravel and sand off of the bottom of the creek into our sluice box. Then we would empty the contents that were in the sluice box into a five gallon bucket and sit in the creek on a rock and pan the sand and gravel in the bucket for hours looking for little bitty flakes of gold. With each pan of gravel out of the bucket, after carefully swirling it around in the pan we would get a couple of flakes of gold, and then we would pick it out with tweezers and put it into a pill bottle. We usually got a couple of ounces in our 10 days of back breaking labor. It was a lot of work for $70, I did it mostly to be with my Dad, but I also enjoyed the challenge of finding something so allusive.
Proverbs 3:13-15 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver and her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; and nothing you desire compares with her.
My Dad used to say, “just because you get old doesn’t mean you get wise, there are a lot of old fools running around.” Wisdom is everywhere to be found, but only those who seek it diligently will find it.
With wisdom we will make right choices in life, with wisdom we will say just the right words at the right time, with wisdom we can solve problems that come into our life, with wisdom we can make good use of our time, with wisdom we manage our money perfectly, with wisdom we will raise good kids, with wisdom we will have a good marriage, and with wisdom we will influence people positively. Do a little self-examination, and ask yourself how much wisdom you really have. Another quote from my Dad, “The worst kind of fool is one who is one and doesn’t know it.”
A good way to start your diligent search for wisdom would be to attend services at JBC this next 10 weeks, listen to Pastor Mike, and learn how to seek it. You can also listen to the series on our pod cast or go to our web site, jbc.church and under sermons you will find it.