Wise Men Still Seek Jesus
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” ~ Acts 4:13
“How could unlearned and ignorant men know so much?” the members of the Sanhedrin wondered. Here was this rough fisherman, Simon Peter, giving an excellent little sermon to the elders of Israel. He was difficult to discredit, because the cripple whom Peter and John had healed was standing right there with them – rather telling evidence to the power of the risen Christ (see v.14)!
At this point, the Bible tells us, the Sanhedrin “realized that they had been with Jesus”!
Jesus thanked His Father for His little band of ignorant disciples: “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children” (Matt. 11:25).
Christ is wisdom and knowing Him makes us wise. Those in this world who think themselves wise are fools in God’s sight, because they count the knowledge of Him irrelevant. It’s better to be a little child in your understanding of Christ than an old man in your knowledge of man.
When you’ve been with Jesus for a little while, you begin to discern what is really important. And it’s what we learn of Him that will make the world marvel. Do you have lots of degrees, or a bright mind you have tuned to the world’s pitch? What gifts are these! Yet if you are “always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth” (2 Tim. 3:7), what a waste of God-given intelligence! Wise men seek Jesus first, then use their gifts to glorify Him.
Lord, thank You for the year now behind me. Thank You for the good, easy miles as well as the lessons You have taught me in the rougher ones. In this new year ahead, help me to seek You first in all things, and use my gifts for Your glory. Lord, make this the year that increases my wisdom in the things that are really important! Amen.