Fresh Hope – 27th July 2016

Proverbs 4:5-7 Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.

To have knowledge is one thing, but to know how to correctly use that knowledge is another…it’s called wisdom.

A man was called out to repair a lady’s washing machine, and after taking off the back and seemingly hitting something with his hammer, he had it up and running again within a few minutes.

He then gave her a bill for £100; she contested it by saying that he had only been there for a few minutes and had only hit it with his hammer.

He responded by saying that he had only charged her £1 for his time to hit it, but £99 for knowing where to hit.

Wisdom applies knowledge and says if you do this, this is what you’ll get.

Several years ago, we had an old leaking toilet, so I decided to go out and buy a new one.

As I was carrying my new purchase to the car, I dropped it and smashed it on the car park. As I explained my situation to the manager, he told me that unfortunately that they didn’t have another one with the correct fittings. No matter how may stores I went to, I couldn’t find the toilet that I needed.

As frustration built up, I was desperate to finish the day by connecting a toilet – any toilet, no matter what shape or size would do, I thought to myself.

Eventually I decided to ask a friend, who was a plumber, to come and help me. I told him my story and that I was so desperate to finish the job that it didn’t matter what toilet I got so long as I got one. He travelled with me to various bathroom places all to no avail, until I decided that I’d had enough…”Just buy a toilet and I’ll make it work”, I said to him.

He explained that I had to buy the right toilet, with the right fixings, with the right size holes to make a successful job of it. I told him that I didn’t care about all that stuff and proceeded to explain to him how I planned to stop up all the wrong holes in the wrong places and somehow seal it all so that I didn’t leak.

To cut a long story short, I did it my way!

With one flush, the whole thing just flooded the downstairs loo.

Wisdom tried to reason with me, but I was having none of it.

How many of us can relate to that type of thing happening in our every day lives? We kind of know what to do, but we don’t listen to someone with the voice of wisdom that knows how to do it.

My toilet trial lasted 3 days and frustrated the life out of me. If only I’d have sought advice before I’d started, then I’d have saved myself so much time, energy and money, not to mention the amount of toilets I bought and had to take back.

Get wisdom.

Stop going it alone thinking that you know best.

Ask someone older and wiser for help.

Humble yourself before God and tell Him that you don’t know what to do about your current situation – He’ll be more than happy to help.

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Pastor Mark

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