“My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity.” Proverbs 3:1-2
For the past six weeks we’ve been reading Proverbs 3 and thinking about what it looks like to live a wise life. It includes being loving and faithful. Wisdom directs us to a right relationship with God and others. It properly places material things as a tool to serve God and do good for our neighbor. Wisdom offers a sense of humility that places God at the forefront of our lives.
Along the way I’ve looked in the mirror and realized that I don’t live as wise a life as I think I do, or as I want to. Perfect wisdom is hard to attain, even impossible except for Jesus. In this all-important Holy Week we will look to Jesus for wisdom. Beyond wisdom we will look to Jesus for the perfection that you and I could not accomplish on our own. In Jesus we see one who loves perfectly, who trusts perfectly, who fights evil perfectly, who honors God with his wealth perfectly, who relates perfectly to his father, and who does good to others perfectly. In Jesus we see perfect wisdom and wisdom perfected.
Apart from Jesus, there is no wisdom, but in Jesus we see one who always knows not only what the right answer is, but also how to live it! In Jesus we find ourselves forgiven and strengthened in wise living for today. The Lenten verse has it right: “Come, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith…”