Scripture for Today: Psalm 14:2-3 “The Lord looks down from heaven on humankind to see if there are any who are wise, who seek after God. They have all gone astray, they are all alike perverse; there is no one who does good, no, not one.”
We live in an area where there are plenty of roads through forests. Not too long ago, my husband was driving home quite late on one of these roads. He saw a quick flash of wings and heard a sickening thump. An owl had crashed into his windshield. We often think of owls as wise, but somehow not this one!
I am not sure why we equate the idea of wisdom with the owl. The French have the same idea in their thinking. Perhaps it is because they are always asking questions!
There are so many verses in Scripture that describe wisdom in both the Old and New Testaments. When thinking about how wisdom begins I normally think of Psalm 111:10 saying, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…” Knowing Him and fearing Him starts us on the path of wisdom.
Our verse today talks about the very first step on that path of wisdom; to seek God. Those who are actively seeking the God of the Bible are already showing that first glimmer of wisdom. In contrast, Psalm 14:1 describes the fool as the one who says in his heart that there is no God.
Those who are seeking God are easy to distinguish from those who are not. Those seeking God will allow the Lord to change their behavior. Wisdom shows itself in right and godly living. If I question whether I am wise, I need look no further than the way I live my life. Ouch.
Lord, help me live wisely today.