The Graduation Season is in full swing in Van Buren County. We rightfully celebrate and honor these outstanding young men and women on the significant accomplishment of completing their high school education. In a real sense, amongst the celebration and excitement on graduation night, when they walk across the stage and their diploma is placed into their hand, the next step he or she takes is a step into adulthood. We who are older, by our own experience, know that the step into adulthood results in many, many decisions and commitments that will be made over the coming years.
Every decision and commitment you and I make is very important, regardless of our age or how insignificant it may seem at the time. That is why we need wisdom in making the decisions and commitments of life. Proverbs: 2:10-11 says “Wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe.”
Wisdom, “Seeing life from God’s point of view,” will lead us to make wise decisions and commitments. For example, wisdom will teach us to honor God in all things of our lives so we can experience God’s favor and blessing. It will help us to choose to be who God created us to be, rather than experiencing the frustration of trying to be someone we’re not. Wisdom will remind us to trust God in every circumstance, and not ourselves, our resources, or our own schemes. Wisdom will remind us that failures, mistakes and even sins are not fatal, but things that God will work for our good. And when our integrity and character is tempted and challenged, wisdom will remind us of what God says in Proverbs 22:1, “Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.”
God is the source of wisdom and the great news is that He is willing to give us the wisdom we so desperately need, if we will ask. James 1:6 says, “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”
For you who are honored graduates: Congratulations! And for all of us, let’s remember what the Bible tells us in Proverbs 4:7, “This is the principle thing: Get wisdom.”
Faron Rogers is the pastor of First Baptist Church, Clinton