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April 28, 2010

Getting Smarter Every Day (?)

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Reading in the Book of Job recently, I saw a verse that made me ask the question, “Am I getting smarter every day?”  At least, if I believe the Scripture, I should be!  ” . . . advance age should teach us wisdom.”  (Job 32:7)   Would you agree that the statement says as we get older, we get wiser?

Men and women are reputed to be wise and experienced in proportion to the time they have lived.  But I am not sure of that!  There are some gray-haired that function like teenagers and there are some very young people who are very wise.  That is saying that some of us older folks can be stupid while some young people can show great wisdom.

But what is wisdom?  I consider a person wise when they have the ability to judge correctly and to follow the best course of action. Wisdom considers the results of our decisions and actions. Knowledge and wisdom are not the same.  One can have much knowledge, regardless of age, but lack wisdom.

I do believe, however, that the experience of years should bring some wisdom, regardless of education or knowledge.  Experience must be factored in.  Experience, through having made some judgments and followed certain actions, does result in some wisdom.

At my age, one might try to assess his wisdom.  There are obviously some things I remember that were rather immature and showed a lack of wisdom.  There are some things I know today that would have been the wiser alternative.  Is this assessment the result of experience or  wisdom?  In my life, it is from experience.  An accumulation of situations, decisions, and events have seemingly brought some wisdom.  There are many decisions that I would make differently today.

In this regard, I looked back at my ministry of over 54 years.  Would I do some things differently?  Yes, I would.  I believe I have a wisdom today that I did not have in earlier years.  For instance, I look back and realize I should have been more fervent in prayer.  Prayer is more powerful in my life now.  I know that our theology must be correct, but it means nothing if we lack “knee-ology.”

I also look back and know that I should have spent more time in sharing the gospel.  I had so many opportunities, but I was not wise enough to seize those opportunities.  From a lack of wisdom, I did not consider the importance of such an opportunity.

I also know that I would have spent more time with my family.  Although God has blessed me with a loving and supportive family, I should have sought to give more of myself to them.  I know now that I gave so much of my life to others that I missed many family joys because I could not be with them.  I know some of the other things that claimed my time would not have been greatly hurt, and my family would have greatly benefited, and thus my life would have been even more enriched.  We have had great quality time, but I missed that quantity!  I did not see this at that time.

All that is from the perspective of wisdom that I have today.  So I agree with the Scripture that advanced age does bring wisdom.  I guess I am getting smarter!  I cannot undo the past or mistakes made from a lack of wisdom, but I can rejoice in the moment for what wisdom teaches me now.

Experience contributes greatly to wisdom, but true wisdom does not come even from experience!  Nor is wisdom a guarantee with age.  It is not mere years that bring wisdom.  It is the spirit of God in us!  “But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.”  (Job 32:8)

So forget about the age factor today.  Don’t wait to seemingly become more wise. Turn to Him for wisdom today!

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault.”  (James 1:5)  “For the Lord gives wisdom and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”  (Proverbs 2:6) 




  1. Yo Dad! Just for the record, I think you’ve always shown wisdom. That quality in you is one of the first I think of when thinking of you. And, though you may look back and chosen more “quantity” time, I never in a million years would have felt as a girl, teen or college student, we lacked your presence. Just like your wisdom, your presence is a huge part of my memories. Well done,Dad. I do appreciate you saying you would pray and share more–I will take that to heart for my own life. Thanks.

    Comment by jjr — May 1, 2010 @ 9:28 am | Reply

  2. Lawson, I agree with Jennifer in that I’ve always thought you (and Judy) have shown wisdom. And I’m thankful that God used some of your wisdom in my life. I agree with youabout prayer. I,too, wish I had prayed more when I was younger–and realized earlier the joy it brings just being with the Father. I also wish I had known earlier the power of praying God’s Word back to Him. Thanks for the wisdom and experience you and Judy have shared with me along the way.

    Comment by maggie — May 3, 2010 @ 9:39 am | Reply

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