Proverbs 2:6-8 (NRSV)
By John Grimm
The Lord gives wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. These gifts are for the upright, those who walk blamelessly, his faithful ones. Are we upright, walking blamelessly and faithfully?
We know we need wisdom, knowledge and understanding. In the days ahead for the people called Methodist, we get to reach into God’s stores for these gifts. In the days behind us, we might not have used these gifts exclusively. It is possible to admit that we were not upright, blameless or faithful. Our past performance does not have to dictate our future production, though.
God is guiding us through these days. We rely on him for wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Because God’s ways are higher than our ways, the wisdom, knowledge and understanding that we use will confound those who oppose his faithful ones. Our desire is to be upright in how we speak with the other. Our desire is to be blameless in interacting with the other. Our desire is to be faithful when we see that others are not being faithful to God.
It is our hearts and our souls that benefit from God’s gifts. In living as upright, blameless, faithful ones, we will have pleasant motives such that the other will not be considered other to us. We will want all to pursue God’s gifts. Yet, we recognize that not all will. Still, we can be upright, blameless and faithful ones as we live in this world.
God, thank you for your wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Forgive us for not drawing upon them in the past. Renew us as we go to your stores for these much-needed gifts. May our paths be straight as we move through these turbulent days of the United Methodist Church. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.