The Outfields wrote a song titled, “Say it isn’t so”, and while the tune is catchy, it is also a bit depressing. You see, the lover in the song refuses to see reality concerning an unresponsive beloved and continues to say “please lie to me” (say it isn’t so). Thinking about this reminded me about how many of us are truly in denial about things in our lives. We stand on the weight scale and scream at the impossibility of the numbers that appear right in front of our eyes. Debts continue to pile up as we go to borrow more money and spend without any inclination of starting a budget. Although the marriage is stale and on the brink of divorce, our nature is to shrug it off as we put on smiles for others to see.
I am afraid to say that this is our human sinful nature at its best. So what are we to do with this our sinful nature? We certainly cannot continue in denial and wait for the inevitable calamity (going broke, divorce) to befall us, can we? Eerdmans Dictionary defines wisdom as the ability to make sound judgments on what we know, especially as it relates to life and conduct. The wise do not value the quantity of knowledge by itself, but the ethical and moral dimensions of how we evaluate human experience and act on it. It is not what we know that counts but how we act on what we know. The Bible says in Job 38:36, “Who has put wisdom in the inward parts or given understanding to the mind?” In Proverbs 2:6 it say, “For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” Obviously, it is God who gives wisdom.
But how can wisdom help us against ourselves? The answer is found in the same Proverb 2:7 “He (God) stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity…” Here is our answer when it pertains to wisdom as it is given to those who are transparent and genuine: Those humble enough to accept the need of help, get it. I cannot say how many people continue to live a sub-par life unintended by God because they are afraid to face reality. Unfortunately, we continue to plead, “say it isn’t so”. Try doing this.
- Stop for a second and analyze your problem, as it more than likely needs wisdom to solve it.
- Ask God for wisdom in that particular area of your life.
- Find someone who is a success in that area and ask for help. I believe God honors those who take such actions of humility.
Remember it is God who gives wisdom to those whom He wants. So in the midst of our uncertainty and trials we ought not to cry out, “say it isn’t so” but humbly and actively pursue wisdom from God.