The Wisdom of Age
As we grow older we have more experiences, we learn from our mistakes and our successes, and we can look back and see things in a different perspective. That is wisdom. That is more than just knowing facts. That is knowing life. All things being equal, we grow wiser as we grow older, especially as believers, who have the Holy Spirit to help us in this quest for wisdom.
Ultimately, this wisdom comes from God. James 1:5 says “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” All wisdom comes from God, including the wisdom that comes with age.
Many of us on the senior side of life look at children running and playing so hard and we say, “I wish I had his energy.” I can relate to that statement. It’s true that we do want more energy and more vitality for our bodies and minds, but there’s a flip side to that. What we lack in energy and strength, we make up for in wisdom. We can look back and see what was really important – loving God and His word, loving others, and seeking to know Him on a deeper level.
That is true wisdom, dear reader.
King Solomon was known for having wisdom and for writing about it. There is a lot of wisdom seen in his writings in Ecclesiastes. Song of Solomon, and the book of Proverbs. He experienced everything, wrote about many things, had everything that anyone could imagine, yet in the end, he said it was all “vanity, and a chasing after the wind.” (Eccl. 2:26). His ultimate conclusion was to “fear God and keep His commandments. (Eccl. 12:13). As he grew older he too realized that the ultimate wisdom was found in honoring God and having a relationship with Him.
May we seek God – His wisdom, His face, His depth of love for us -and grow closer to Him. May that be our prayer and our goal as we grow older – and wiser!
God be with you as you read these words. Take care, and God bless.