February 4, 2022

Honoring Wisdom

Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God.
 Leviticus 19:32 (NLT)
The Ten Commandments are commonly divided into two tables. The first, consisting of the first four commandments, tell us how to behave toward God. The second, consisting of the remaining six, tell us how we should treat each other. The fifth commandment—the first one directing our behavior toward other humans—is often thought of as a transition. It tells us that we should honor our parents—those whom we should revere, but not worship.
There are obviously instances of abusive parents to whom no obedience or honor is due. But for the most part, the way we treat our elders is indicative of other attitudes—such as how we feel about the traditions of our faith and how we treat other people. Our attitudes toward the elderly also speaks quite loudly about whether or not we honor wisdom—something sadly lacking in our innovation-obsessed culture.
May we honor those among us who have grown in wisdom, and may we listen to what they have to say.

Outdo one another in showing honor.
 Romans 12:10
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Help me, O God, to seek out wisdom and to honor the wise.
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