I like formulas. Daily, I manipulate and interpret data to determine the effectiveness of the university. It’s consistent. The sum divided by the count equals the average. Multiply a number by .01 to find the percentage. Formulas never change; they give me what I want.
But there is no formula for life, at least, I haven’t found one. For me, life is a step-by-step experiment.
Sometimes, All the time, I would like some wisdom in this trial and error attempt. Where can I find wisdom?
I like workflows. I create them regularly, with blue arrows leading from one process to the next. The pieces spread across the pages in a web of deliberate steps. First, second, third, prompt fourth. Workflows display method and wholeness.
But there is no workflow for obtaining wisdom. The process is not so cut and dry.
Proverbs 1:7 says,
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Dr. Charles Ryrie explained it this way:
Life is about about a relationship, intimacy with God. Gaining wisdom is about trust. It’s about daily time with the Lord, praising Him, soaking in His greatness, confessing my faults, and trusting His goodness.
Because–you know what’s incredible?–God is more reliable than formulas and workflows. I can forget to input a number or accidentally skip a step, but God doesn’t make mistakes. The wisdom He gives is “pure, peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy, unwavering, and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17). He provides the wisdom, my job is to trust Him.
God is the source of all wisdom; I am trusting in Him.