Read Colossians Chapter 2
Col 2:2 My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.
We know so little, if we truly sit down and seriously analyze the limits of our wisdom and knowledge. Just look around us- we see people and nations doing stupid things all the time. We can sit at a local fast-food restaurant for a few minutes, and before long we observe someone who has made wrong choices in life and maybe are currently in the process of making another wrong choice. However, we don’t have to do that to see how unwise man is. All we have to do is recount all our daily actions at the end of any day, and we find that we have done some stupid things. Well, at least I know I can. I am an extremely flawed individual, who makes mistakes on a regular embarrassing basis.
Christ is described in this passage as possessing all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Do we really stop to consider just how fallible we are? Do we have any idea about how helpless and hopeless we are in our own strength? Do we really know how unwise and uninformed we are? I am beginning to have a better understanding about that. When I see how many wrong turns I have made in life, and how many mistakes of judgment I make every day, I have a better idea about how helpless I am.
Without Christ, we have to hope. When we say that, we usually are thinking about eternity. We usually are thinking about salvation. He is our only hope. He has become our righteousness, because we had no ability to obtain righteousness on our own. That is true. But our need for Christ goes far beyond and above that need. We need Him every moment of every day of our lives. Without His wisdom and His knowledge, we are just chickens in a pen, going around clucking and having no clue about what life is all about.
We should awaken each day (and I really mean I should awaken each day) and remember that Christ is the center of our universe. He is the center of our lives. We need Him to give us purpose and direction for each day. Anything we do on our own for that day is wasted energy, if He is not included in the process. We have no value except in what we do under His guidance and direction.
That’s not to say that He isn’t in charge of our lives, even when we aren’t in tune with Him. I can recall many twists and turns of life when I made stupid choices, and Christ came along behind me and cleaned it up. But we would be better served if we were aware of His presence every waking hour of our day. We should think of Him at every turn of the day, continually asking Him for wisdom and knowledge to do the right things, say the right things, and think the right things. I am a long way from having all that down pat, but I’m a lot closer to it today than I was 10, 20, 30 years ago.
Just consider the one issue which is common ground for all of us. How much easier would it be to avoid SSA mistakes if we were constantly aware of the Holy Spirit within us, and consulted Him every time we faced a moment of decision? He is our life. He is our strength. He is our refuge, defender, protector; He is everything to us.
Well, we are not likely to achieve near-perfection anytime soon. But we can take heart. He is here with us, all the time, sometimes protecting us from our own lack of understanding, other times nudging us in the right direction even when we don’t know it. He guards us from an unknown number of dangers of which we are not aware. He will take whatever amount of dedication we have to Him, and use it to guide us. And He will not desert us under any circumstances.
Prayer: Father, how grateful we are that You guide us when we ask, and that You herd us when we don’t. You are our wisdom and our knowledge. We acknowledge our utter and complete dependence on Your control over our lives.