Wisdom Over Wealth 

It is wise to seek wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. It is written that “He who gets wisdom loves his own soul”, that “by knowledge, God divided the deep and lets drop the dew“, and that “knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

“Christ has become our wisdom from God.” 

 We are wise to have yielded our life to Christ, to have accepted him as our Lord and Savior. We are wiser yet to make Christ and his Gospel the overarching purpose of our lives. We are told to seek wisdom instead of worldly riches. Wisdom will endure and reign supreme in heaven. Worldly riches will perish and will not translate into eternal wealth. Solomon wrote that the advantage of wisdom over wealth is that it will deliver us from death. This prophecy is fulfilled in Christ.

It is said of wisdom that with it we will rest secure and be at ease from fear of harm. Also, that if we are wise, we will make glad the heart of God. These are great promises and would be enough in and of themselves. However, it is also written that wisdom has long life in one hand and riches and honor in the other.  

So, let’s tally the results: peace, pleasing God, living long with riches and honor – not a bad harvest from simply obeying Our Father and seeking wisdom.

Isaiah wrote of the Spirit of Christ that he is the spirit of wisdom and understanding, counsel and power, knowledge and the fear of the Lord, that he will delight in the fear of the Lord. Solomon wrote that wisdom was with God in the beginning before anything was created. Wisdom is eternal as Christ is eternal. Solomon concludes that the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook. A bubbling brook – life giving, pleasant, and free flowing. James writes that the wisdom from above is pure, peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Luke wrote of Christ that he grew and became strong in spirit, that he was filled with wisdom, and that the grace of God was upon him. A few verses later he wrote that he increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. Paul wrote that one of the gifts of the Spirit is wisdom. 

 Let us seek wisdom and seek to become like Christ. As we do, we will have all the mighty forces of heaven behind, beside, and before us.

           ~ Brad Heilhecker 

Looking Through Love 

Surrender. Better yet, abandon. 

 Abandon small mindedness, small living, and self centered thoughts. Cast out into the depths expecting a mighty harvest. 

 Abandon shoreline fishing for the occasional bite and strike out into the deep for the adventure of experiencing boatloads of fish, big fish, bountiful harvests. 

 What is keeping us home, standing guard over nothing, expecting nothing, seeking nothing? This is not what it means to take up our cross and follow Christ. We are to be harvesting or looking for a harvest. And for that we need new eyes, a new heart, and a renewed mind.

Isaiah says of Christ that he will not judge by what his eyes see or his ears hear, but with righteous judgement he will judge the poor. In another place, it is spoken: who is so blind but my servant and deaf as the one I send? So, we can be blinded by sin, or we can be blinded by righteousness. It is our choice. If our eyes are on ourselves, we will see nothing else; if our eyes are on Christ, we will see into heaven, into God’s heart.

It is written that the wicked do not understand God’s justice, but those that seek the Lord understand all things. In another place, it says that in Christ are hidden all the riches of wisdom and knowledge. The world is blinded to the truth because they do not love the truth. We see the truth of Christ because we have chosen to believe in him and love him.

So, love is what opens up our hearts and opens up our eyes. Love is God’s law, his passion, and his purpose. His end game is a world where nothing exists but love. Love and lovers. Eternal love, great love, exalted love, God’s love. Love for the asking. Love for the taking. Morning, noon, and night love. Fearless love. Never ending love.
        ~Brad Heilhecker