Is your blood pressure too low? As a remedy, let me recommend watching more 24 hour news programming, reality TV, and the stock market ticker. Oh, and by the way, accept all that is said as the way it is and always will be.
Even thinking about this stuff above gets my blood pumping a bit. Life is a bit crazy, the world is not completely in the control of sane, honest men, and the way we live will be significantly changed. But none of this is the final word.
Living according to God’s wisdom means listening to God’s story (or as politicos often say nowadays “narrative”) as it pulsates through Scripture and the lives of his people, the church. As we pay special attention to Israel’s journey with God, Jesus’ words and life, and the fits and starts of the early church we hear and see God’s wisdom emerge. God’s wisdom is not just an amplified version of our own but something altogether different. Most of the time God’s wisdom is going to be in stark contrast to that of the world. For example:
Prevailing Myth: I’m gonna live forever or at least look good trying! (Death, suffering and struggle are to be avoided at all costs. I deserve more!)
God’s Wisdom: I resolved to know nothing except Jesus Christ and him crucified. (There has to be a death. First, Jesus then ours.)
Prevailing Myth: Upward mobility is the mark of success and vitality. (Bigger, better, more is the American way and what I have coming to me.)
God’s Wisdom: But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak thins of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of the world and the despised things–and the things that are not–to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
One final thought: Why do we go to church? One reason, of many, is so we can remind one another of the bigger and better story that we live by. The bigger and better story that tells us, in myriad ways, that God’s foolishness is greater than man’s wisdom. Not only that but God’s wisdom looks different.