Mark Twain once said, “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
When we’re in our teen years, we tend to think we’re the only ones who know anything, but there is some merit in age. As young adults, we’re often too busy making a living to be very wise. Our focus is on things that require little or no wisdom. When we reach our golden years, we’ve gathered a lifetime of knowledge, but often we still lack real wisdom. Old people have had the benefit of years of experience which they can share with those who are just starting their journey, but even then, perfect wisdom doesn’t come from education, experience or living.
We know what love’s first kiss feels like. We’ve experienced the joy of bringing a new life into the world. We’ve struggled with finances, child rearing, striving for success, building a life. Our minds have been filled with learning. Age doesn’t always make us wise however. We still tend to make the same mistakes, follow the wrong path, hurt people with words or actions. The truth is that the older we get, the smarter we think we are, and that can make it appear that we don’t know anything.
The wisest man to walk the face of the earth, didn’t live beyond 33 years of life, yet He possessed the wisdom of God, because He is God. He taught us how to love one another unconditionally. He demonstrated how to serve one another. He mapped out a plan for getting His Word spread to all nations. He served as an example of what unselfishness is all about. He fulfilled God’s promise to the world by giving His life for others. His wisdom is beyond our human comprehension.
When Solomon pondered over the age old issue of wisdom, he came to the conclusion that there was nothing new under the sun. Everything that was had already been experienced by man. We are simply living in a revolving door of sorts, going around and around, making the same foolish mistakes, trying to live life by ourselves, attempting to be the masters of our very existence. Jesus shows us, through His own life, that this place is just a stopping off point for us. We’re simply passing through and our true existence is beyond the grave. In the meantime, the things we learn in life will prepare us for the perfection of paradise.
Knowledge often comes from experience. Experience comes from living. Life comes from God. Jesus is God and He is the source of all wisdom.