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Words of the Week – Wisdom
By Joshua Apparicio, Contributing Youth Writer
Published February 6, 2019

          Joshua Apparicio (Shirmin Apparicio photo)

To the youth readers, I say, “Hello, young leaders! I pray that your year is off to an exceptional start!” I would like to continue to encourage you all as you start your new 2019 endeavors with a scripture that I’ve had to firmly stand on so many times before, especially when I had to make insightful and calculated decisions.

As it states in James 1:5, “If any of us lack wisdom, we should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to us.”

I often thought you had to be a grandmother or older to have wisdom. I found in Job 12:12, “Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?”  

This scripture answered so many questions and made so much sense to me as it relates to my earlier belief that only the elderly display wisdom. Understanding comes from advanced comprehension and listening.

One of my favorite Bible stories when I was younger was the story of King Solomon. I enjoyed this story in 1 King 3:25, when King Solomon ruled between two women, who both claimed to be the mother of the same living child.

He used wisdom to determine which woman was the child’s mother by ordering the baby to be cut in two. The birth mother loved her child so much that she asked King Solomon to spare the baby’s life by giving him to the other mother so that her son could live.

As the year goes by, remember that God wants us to have the best of everything that He has to offer. As He clearly states in Ecclesiastes 2:26, “To the person who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God.” In all things we are encouraged to use wisdom.

We are taught and reminded daily that using the Word of God as an example to best. As it is proclaimed in 1 Corinthians 1:25, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” Everything is plain for us to see so we cannot go in the wrong direction. The word of God shares in James 3:17, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”

My brothers and sisters in Christ, as young leaders, we don’t have to wait until we’re older to have wisdom. We can have it right this moment if we use the Bible as our guide.

Colossians 2:2-3 reads, My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Amen!

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