Trust and wisdom, don't go together
Well you may wonder why I would say that trust and wisdom don't go together. Yes it true it can, but really now, don't you think our human ego gets in the way?
If you agree, then you will know where I am heading here. Through out our lives we gain knowledge and sometimes to the point that we think we know more than any one else, and worst of all, people start looking up to us thinking; "Wow this person is wise! I can believe in him and follow his instruction or I am so great and have need of nothing and don't need any one to help me." Man is that so wrong. The fact is there are many people out there who really think their God's gift to the human race.
Listen, knowledge and wisdom should go together, but they don't. In a bible study, I was question regarding knowledge and wisdom and knew where this person was leading to, so I answered him: "Yes I do have a lot of knowledge in regards to studying God's word, but it takes wisdom to know how to use that knowledge in the proper form which I stubble at once to often.
You see, I have trusted in my own ways and I believed at one time, because of how I was being taught, that I knew more then the great evangelist Billy Grahman. Now talk about making a fool out of myself, well I sure did and man did I fall just as the word said "pride goes before the fall."
You see wisdom is the key factor in our walk with the Lord. taking what He has taught us and putting it into action because the fact is, we are not so great. We are all sinners and because of my actions and the way I felt about myself, I looked like a fool.
If you rally want to play it safe, than take God's advice and "walk in wisdom!"
As I conclude, as the beginning of my text points us in the direction of letting us know we are living in the last days, as the scripture point out that in the last days;
"for the people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will will be unloving and unforgiving, they will slander others and have no self control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. (2 Tim. 3: 2-5)"
Yeah, the Paul spells it out and low and clear as these people mention above trust in themselves and you will have to admit, it is here right now, especially within our churches. Thy can fool us, but they cannot fool God.
God looks at the heart, something we cannot see, we look at outward appearances, though some can discern that these people are frauds.
Here is a fact, anyone can be religious, it really doesn't take much to be religious as we see it written within the very pages of the bible. The priest, pharisees and Sadducee were religious as they thought more of themselves than following God's way. A true believer is the one who follows God and stays obedient to His word. They are humble and loving and that takes true wisdom. they take the knowledge they gain from the Lord and put into action knowing when to speak and when not to. They place others before themselves as Jesus did. they take the comfort God gives them when as they go through the storms of life and comfort others who may being going through the same thing or something similar and they don't expect any thing in return.
To be a true follower of Jesus, is not to be a religious person, but to have a relationship with Him. And this relationship with the Lord is picking up the your cross and following Him in everything He tells and teaches us. In other words, putting your ego in check, surrendering all to Christ.
Yes, placing your trust and following Jesus is wises thing you can do, because trusting in yourself and thinking you are better than others will eventually backfire and you will become a fool because it is a fact that your ways lead to a path of an unfulfilled life, trusting and surrendering to God, leads to a fulfilled life, and that is true wisdom.