November 11, 2021

Choose God's Wisdom

The woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise.
Genesis 3:6
The Bible presents us with a compelling image of the temptation of the earliest humans. There are myriad interpretations of what, exactly, it means. But one obvious way to look at it is from the angle of wisdom. Adam and Eve were immature. They had little experience of the world—none, in fact, outside their garden. So gaining wisdom would be a long process that required trust in their Creator.

Instead of patience and trust, however, they chose an easy fix. Grow with God and learn from the Creator, or turn to this quick fix, this exterior source with immediate gratification.
Such is the human condition. We choose whatever answers the world can give us, rather than trust in God through prayer, meditation, and faithful study. But in Christ, we are once again part of a beloved community, transformed and renewed—not by the latest technology, but by the Spirit that dwells within us. Just as with Adam and Eve, we're daily presented with choices. But through the example of Christ and the gift of the Spirit, we are empowered to choose the wisdom of God.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
 Romans 12:2
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Faithful God, forgive my impatience and poor choices, and instill in me your wisdom and patient love, in Jesus' Name.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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