Proverbs 4:7 (Amplified Bible) “The beginning of Wisdom is: get Wisdom (skillful and godly Wisdom)! [For skillful and godly Wisdom is the principal thing.] And with all you have gotten, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation).”
This was the verse that was on my mind this morning. Actually, just the phrase, “in all your getting, get understanding”, then I looked up the verse in the Amplified.
A few days ago I heard Bill Johnson make a statement, in affect saying, you can gauge your maturity level based on what you allow to offend you. That statement hit me really hard. I think too many times I can be so worried about making sure what I’m reading or studying is right, or that those I listen to agree on certain issues that I can at times miss what God wants to say simply because I get uncomfortable.
Scripture tells us to seek wisdom and understanding, but what happens when the wisdom and understanding is presented in such a way that stretches us?
I like Bill Johnson, there are some things I’ve seen I haven’t agreed with, but am I going to allow that to cause me to throw out that which is good?
I believe there are things that are non negotiable, there are reasons to not listen to someone. The truth is because we all have different personalities, different filters, and beliefs that will differ from person to person.
I think part of learning and growing though is listening to, reading, and talking with people who don’t exactly see things the exact way we do.
I recently read a book called, The Year of Living Like Jesus. Ed Dobson lived a full calendar year like Jesus. He voted for Obama in 2008 and in the book he gave his reasons why. He based his decision on Scripture. I disagree with that decision, even his reasoning, but I understand why he voted how he did. I also recently read a book by Donald Miller, another individual whom I have theological and political disagreement with, but I learned some things by reading his book.
Wisdom and understanding will not always come how we think it should, or from the person we think it should. But in order to grow we will have to be willing to hear, read and discuss with people we typically wouldn’t. God has a big family and maybe we should get to know other members of the family. After all, Heaven will not be divided up by denomination or political affiliation.