Wisdom vs. Technique

This guy knows all about wisdom.

This guy knows all about wisdom.

I'm worried I've spent too much time on the blog here at V&B talking about what we're against. 

So today I am going to begin telling you about one thing that we are for.

We think that what the world needs right now more than anything, what the church needs right now more than anything, indeed, what you need right now more than anything is wisdom.

Well, Jesus first. But then wisdom. 

But we don't want wisdom; we want a silver bullet. We want something fairly simple that we can do that can solve whatever big complex problem is keeping us up at night. We're addicted to the idea of simple solutions to complex problems. In other words, we are addicted to technique. 

We want ten steps to a happier marriage, three hacks to improve our spiritual lives, and at least one easy and quick way to get rich. But the truth is that most things in our lives that are really worth doing are a lot more complicated than that. Tips and tricks and hacks and shortcuts are sometimes helpful, but in the areas where we want them most, the areas of our lives that cause us the most strain, they are rarely as helpful as we want them to be. 

In those places, we don't need a technique, we need wisdom. The first chapter of Proverbs puts it this way:

Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square; 
on top of the wall she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech: 
’How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery 
and fools hate knowledge?’
— Proverbs 1:20-22, NIV

We love simple ways, but we need something much richer!

So how do we get wisdom? I'll reflect on that in my next post.