Thought for the week

My message this past Sunday was about Jesus reminding the folk of his day that they needed to walk in the light.

This is still true for us today as we find our way in our life journey.

I don’t know about you but I do see all too many times that it is easy to lose ones way in the day to day living and it looks as if we weren’t really watching where we were going and find ourselves in a mess. But there has to be a better way than stumbling through life.

It reminds me of the words of Solomon in Proverbs 3:13-19: “Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding; for her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, and her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, and all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. Length of days is in her right hand, in her left hand riches and honour.

Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who retain her. The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens.”

If we are to go through this life like we are walking in light it will take wisdom. It will mean taking the things we know and applying them to our day to day living. It will mean learning new things. I know in my own life I want happiness, I need a bit of the ‘silver and gold’ to pay my way, I want a long life filled with peace and pleasantness.

But there is a source of that true wisdom that we can tap into, that wisdom that God himself used to establish the earth and heavens we enjoy. The New Testament writer James said if any man lack wisdom let him as of God. And it syncs right up with what the writer of Proverbs said as James later says: “But the wisdom that if from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.”

How many folk do we know that struggle all the time with exactly the opposite of these traits in their lives? Sadly I think more than we like to admit. Sadly too many times we ourselves fool ourselves into thinking we don’t struggle in any of these areas. I know too often I can only admit that I have ‘opened mouth and inserted foot’, as one of my favourite sayings goes. So let’s seek wisdom and see where this life journey gets better.

So wanting to be happy, I am going to pray for more wisdom,

Rev. Jon Bergen

Brechin Baptist Fellowship