5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
The news lately has been almost all bad, and it’s getting worse. There’s some new shock somewhere in the world almost every day. War, pandemic, corruption, vice, poor judgment by political, social, business, and religious leaders on every side plague the people of the world. In the U.S., in particular, recent crises and natural disasters have been severely aggravated by failures of personal judgment in our leaders. For that matter, when was the last time anyone in a modern position of leadership consistently demonstrated wisdom? Wisdom almost seems to be a disqualification for positions of responsible authority in our world. How do we correct this? Where did we collectively miss the exit on the expressway to world destruction?
37Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
What is God trying to tell us? Is everything He was trying to show us through 1500 years of the painful, often brutal history of Israel and the world really summed up by our relationships with Him and with each other?
Our misunderstanding of this summation is at the very root of the tragedy of human history, and evidently, of our future. God has been trying to explain this to us, but nobody listens. Wisdom isn’t an inherited trait, or a talent, or a gift, it’s a relationship .