August 25, 2015
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL -25 August 2015
If a person says or does something foolish, the remark is that they have not yet “cut their wisdom teeth,” or reached the years of discretion. The philosophy for the phrase is “to cut your teeth” upon something means to have gained one’s first significant experience. The Word of God has much to say regarding wisdom. For instance, Proverbs 1:5 reads, “A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel.” A wise person listens to instruction, especially the Word of God.
Mark 4:24 – And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides.
Luke 8:18 – “So take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him.”
Nevertheless, mere knowledge of Scripture is not all that is necessary. One can pursue knowledge with the wrong motivations, and thus one’s pursuit will be vain.
Ecclesiastes 12:12 – But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body.
One can memorize knowledge easily. Wisdom, however, considers that knowledge and how to use it rightly. First Corinthians 2 makes it evident that depending upon human ingenuity and wisdom is like building upon an unstable foundation that will eventually result in tremendous loss (cf. 1 Cor 3:10-15). The instruction for those who are members of the body of Christ is to develop lives that are in accordance with the wisdom of God as revealed in Scripture. Indeed, the Apostle Paul asserted that his reliance was upon the Holy Spirit, not “superiority of speech or of wisdom” (2:1-2).
As opposed to employing human persuasion, the life of the believer is to be “in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (2:4). Much of the present political discussion among those who confess faith in Jesus Christ is concerning immorality, especially, people rejecting the revealed plan of God. Many pastors and religious leaders are asserting that the present distress in our country is that political leaders, in particular, are promoting unbiblical practices and this is going to lead our country to judgment.
The fundamental problem is the rejection of God as evident in worldly wisdom. The problem is the heart. The problem is not people promoting immorality, which is just a manifestation of the problem. The problem is the rejection of God. What is the answer? The remedy is the righteousness of God, which one receives when he or she has faith (trust) in Christ’s saving work upon the cross.
God’s people will truly impact society for the better as they give priority to their own spiritual maturity, which means living in a manner that honors God’s commands and glorifies His name. Therefore, “reaching the Capitol community for Christ” means witnessing hearts transformed by the gospel. While exhorting us to evangelize and disciple kings and all who are in authority, the Bible reassures us that our lives and our nation will be better if leaders are those who believe and live the gospel message (because, generally, those who are believers are more discerning, wise, reverent, and overall better role models for a country).
Missionary Pastor to Georgia's Leaders,
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia