It is our hope, it is our prayer during this Season of Advent
that we will come to recognize, and appreciate with gratitude,
the activity of God in our world….and in our lives.
It is our hope that we will recognize and accept the divine offer of salvation.
We must be wary then, not to become like the people of Jesus’ generation.
No matter how God came to them, they were not happy, they were not pleased.
No matter what song God sang to them, they refused to dance.
Jesus says to those who keep making excuses,
who keep dismissing divine activity as excessive one way or another…
Jesus is saying to the people: “you make claims of being wise, you reckon yourselves to be wise,
and yet you lack divine wisdom.
You do not perceive the meaning and ramifications of either John or myself.
God is visiting his people through both; God is manifesting salvation through both…
and you remain blind.
You are in darkness. You are foolish in your thoughts, and stupid in your hearts.”
There is human wisdom, and then there is divine wisdom.
Human wisdom, is wisdom people claim for themselves; it seeks personal advantage.
Divine wisdom, which is granted through prayer and faith,
leads to a moral and upright lifestyle.
Human wisdom says “I am justified before God by what I do”.
Divine wisdom says “I am justified before God by divine love”.
Human wisdom leads to the exaltation of human achievement…glorification of the self.
Divine wisdom leads to the exaltation of God….glorification of God.
Human wisdom will lead to strife, discord, and disorder….discord and contention.
Divine wisdom leads to gentleness, peaceableness, readiness for reconciliation, orderliness
Human wisdom draws one to knowledge that will fulfill his/her personal will.
Divine wisdom draws one to knowledge of the will of God.
Human wisdom is shaped by personal accomplishment, by public recognition and acclaim.
Divine wisdom is shaped by the cross… the cross of Christ is the power and wisdom of God.
Human wisdom says “suffering” is punishment and to be avoided.
Divine wisdom says “suffering” is salvific and redemptive and it is to be embraced.
Divine wisdom enlightens the human heart, enables human eyes to see the blessing of salvation in Christ. It leads to perfection in Christ.
According to divine wisdom, God has not chosen the strong, but the weak;
God has not chosen the highly esteemed but the lowly and despised.
According to divine wisdom, no one is able to boast before God.
Are we pleased with how God in His wisdom is working in our lives?
What do we believe the wise work of God to be?
The work of God is to reveal to us the mystery of salvation,
to reveal to us the riches of divine glory found in Jesus Christ;
to convince us that we have a share in such glory.
It is my hope that as we look upon the helplessness of a newborn child this Christmas day,
we will see and recognize and accept and appreciate God’s wisdom and God’s glory.
Our prayer today: “O Lord, I want to be counted among the wise. Through this season of hope, grant me new insight into the reality of your love and grace. Help me to accept and believe that You are the source of all truth. Help me to put my faith in Your power only. Amen!”
2nd Week of Advent