Another thing I’m learning about wisdom is it’s not about having it all together.
My pastor did a great message a couple months ago discussing how to know God’s will. He broke it down pretty simply according to exactly what God tells us in the Bible.
He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. – Micah 6:8 (NIV)
Then Jesus taught us the most important thing in life:
‘Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?’
Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ – Matthew 22:36-39 (NLT)
Then Jesus gave us a new command and explained what a disciple looks like:
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. – John 13:34-35
And then days later, after His resurrection, Jesus gave us the Great Commission:
Jesus came and told his disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ – Matthew 28:18-20
All of that to say, wisdom first looks like loving God, knowing Him through Jesus, and then sharing that love with those around us.
It has other practical things to like not spending more than we make when we can help it (and I believe medical bills don’t fall in the “when we can help it” category), not hanging out with people who bring out our worst, and more.
But it doesn’t look like making perfect decisions all of the time. We should do our best, but seriously – we’re going to slip up. God knows we’re just not equipped for perfection as we currently are, and that’s why we have a Savior. That’s why we need grace.
So yes, we’re called to make disciples of all the nations. We’re called to be the light of the world like a city on a hill. But not because we have it all together in every single area. It’s because of our unshakeable faith in a God who loves us inspite of our imperfections, and the joy and freedom that comes from that and overflows out of us into love for others.
You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. – Matthew 5:14-16