I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts.
Wednesday, January 20
Understanding and wisdom are not the exclusive property of those who’ve lived a long time. There aren’t just foolish young people. There are plenty of foolish older people. Understanding and wisdom have less to do with age and more to do with the degree to which we walk out the instruction of God.
In our reading today, the psalmist highlights the relationship between understanding and obedience. There is a measure of understanding that comes from obedience. There are just some things we won’t understand about certain instructions in Scripture until we actually walk them out. Often it isn’t until we obey that we come to the “Oh, I see! I get it!” moment.
This is true when it comes to many things in life. Consider how doctors are trained. A critical part of their training is not in the classroom, but in the hospital room. More and more in the corporate world, employers are not satisfied with knowing where one went to college or your GPA. They want to know about experience in the vocational field. There is a certain amount of wisdom and understanding that comes only through attempting to live out a proposition or principle that was once written on a whiteboard or read about in a textbook.
There’s something to be said for the words of Richard Rohr, “We don’t think our way into a new way of living as much as we live our way into a new way of thinking.”
Grace and peace,
Posted on Wed, January 20, 2016
by Chris Seidman