Tomorrow night at the Church at Lake Guntersville student service, I will complete a series that we have entitled Wise. The series has been a tough one for Josh and I. It has been very unconvential in approach and delivery. In the series, we have attempted to develop a framework for decision-making and our primary resource beyond the Bible has been Andy Stanley’s work “The Best Question Ever” (a phenomenal little book). We have discussed how to be wise with relationships, money, time, life in general, and with God. As I reflect on the time of year that is at hand and the series, I am thankful for such a challenging series with challenging topics, and challenging Q&A. But I am also reminded of our goals with the “Wise” series. In approaching the series I had hopes that we would equip our students in a few ways.
1.) We did Wise because we don’t want them to make decisions in fear of man or fear of punishment.
2.) We did Wise because we want them to make decisions based on God’s wisdom.
3.) We did Wise because we want them to see that wisdom isn’t just needed in the big decisions, but in daily decisions.
4.) We did Wise because we want them to have peace in the decisions one is forced to make.
5.) We did Wise because we want them to do the most wise thing, to know and follow Jesus in mission to the world.
My prayer as I complete the Wise series is that God would grant us the wisdom to know and follow Him to the destiny He has for each of us.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
7 Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
8 It will be healing to your flesh[a]
and refreshment[b] to your bones.