I was chatting to a friend last night who reckons he sleeps better since giving up coffee. Crazy! 😉 The wisdom of such words is plain and simple – there’s no big revelation in the link between caffeine and sleep… but he has gone a step beyond knowing the wisdom… he now treasures it – he experiences all the benefits of that wisdom.
While i’ve decreased my coffee intake recently also, i am not sure i’m ready to treasure the wisdom in the same way.
As I read the story of Jephthah, I reckon he regretted that he hadn’t treasured the wise words he had no doubt heard at some point during his life “don’t make promises you can’t keep”. There is much that is fascinating in the book of Judges, and much that raises questions (Why didn’t God step in to rescue his daughter?), but for this morning I thought it’s be good to consider this idea of wisdom.
There is no shortage of wise advice on offer for us today, the wisdom literature of scripture continues to contain incredible wisdom. Yet the dilemma for most of us is not a lack of knowledge of wisdom, but a lack of treasuring it. To treasure wisdom would mean to live by it – and thereby to stop doing foolish things that get us into places we were never meant to be.
The horrific decision that Jephthat had to make between sacrificing his daughter to honour the vow he made to God, and sparing his daughter but dishonouring the vow is unimaginable. But wisdom treasured would have led Jephthah to not making such a vow in the first place, thus enabling him to both honour God and his daughter.
In Colossians 2 Paul tells us:
My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Wisdom is personified in Jesus. In fact, all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in him. Not hidden so that we can’t find them but hidden in the sense that they are there to be found (like – I hid the key under the door mat).
Unlimited and unsurpassable wisdom awaits us in Jesus. Wisdom for life. Wisdom for relationship. Wisdom for faith. Wisdom for conduct. Wisdom for suffering. Wisdom for comfort.
The wisdom is there to be found. God has made it known in the revelation of Jesus. The question though is whether we treasure it… or whether we will treat it like the next cup of coffee and the bad nights sleep.