Searching For Wisdom

Jack realised that even the smartest student was out of his depth.

2 Chronicles 16:1-14

Reference: In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the Lord, but only from the physicians. (2 Chronicles 16:12 NIV)

Explore: Jack sat in class trying to do his work. He was stuck on a question that the teacher had set and he looked around the room to see what he should do.

He could ask his best mate for help, however, his friend knew less about this subject than Jack did. There was the smartest kid in class just a couple of rows away that he could ask, or he could go and talk to the teacher, as she was the one who set the question in the first place.

Instantly ruling his friend out, he decided on asking his smart classmate. Because, let’s be honest, if he went to the teacher she would realise how simple he was and might even give him more work to do to help him understand better.

His smart colleague was willing to help, but it seemed there were things that even he didn’t understand. And when the next difficult question came up, Jack realised that even the smartest student was out of his depth.

Application: When you read about Jack’s story, it’s easy to see that he should have just gone straight to the teacher. She was the one who created the questions in the first place. However, when we’re in the same situation, we often do the same as Jack.

When King Asa was in need of help, he went to some incredibly intelligent men for assistance. However, he had access to a higher power that he ignored.

When we go through tough times, it’s good to talk to wise people in your life, but let’s not forget that we have access to the creator of all things. God is our source of peace, power and hope. Let’s not rely on second best.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for always being available to us. Forgive us when we rely on others instead of coming directly to You. Amen.

What do you need to bring before God?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.