These last three attitudes that Jesus spoke about in His Sermon on the Mount seem to have a related theme. Wisdom. Jesus wants us to be wise in our choices, wise when listening to a teacher, wise when discerning truth from fiction, and wise when making decisions that affect our life.
Long ago, Solomon asked God for wisdom. God granted his request and to this day, Solomon is still considered one of the wisest men who ever lived. Today we have access to wisdom all the time. All we have to do is listen to Jesus. He said in Matthew 7, verses 24-27, “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”
We don’t have to go to university to become wise. In fact, there is more foolishness coming out of universities these days than ever before. A few years ago, a friend’s husband went to seminary to become a pastor. He went into those first classes loving the Lord with all his heart, soul, and mind, and came out, after four years, a non-believer. They had taught the belief right out of him.
Teens graduate from high school professing their faith in Jesus Christ. After a year or two of college, all they have is questions and very little faith. Now granted, some of them were not grounded in Jesus Christ as Christ asks them to be in these verses. He tells us to listen to His teachings, and follow them, do what He says. The people who listen, have listened all their life, but have not made His teachings a part of their life because they’ve ignored them; they are the ones who are susceptible to losing their faith when they head to college with all the distractions that phase of their life involves.
Our wisdom comes from the Lord, nowhere else. If we lean on the wisdom He’s taught us, our faith will be strong enough to withstand the prowling lion, whose main goal is to seek, kill, and destroy. The philosophies of this world will not produce a crack in our belief system because they do not pass the test that comes from Biblical scrutiny.
Seek God’s truth. Immerse yourself in His word, and watch how strong, how wise, and how fruitful you will become in the face of adversity. The adversity is a given. It’s all around us. Wisdom, God’s wisdom, can protect and our foundation will hold.
For further study: Prov. 9:10; Luke 6:46-49; James 1:5; James 3:13-18