Don't be a wise guy?

February 1, 2018

 

 

My friend, may I ask you a question? Does God must look at you and I as some kind of knucklehead when we try to grab as much wisdom as possible, only to discover that we’ve become a wise guy in the process? 

   

My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

 

My brothers and I were faithful Three Stooges fans growing up. Curly was the stooge who always got things screwed up. Moe, the older brother and leader of the group of three, always referred to the bald and stumbling Curly as a “knucklehead.” A popular term for someone who stumbled into trouble due to his innocent intent to find out what made something work or why this or that did that. “That’s a knucklehead move!” Someone would say to a guy when he did something that obviously led to trouble. Larry, on the other hand, was the Stooge Moe always referred to as the Wise Guy. “Don’t be a wise guy!” Moe would shout at Larry. Then he’d grab a lock of his curly hair and give it a tug. Once again Larry had traveled down the wacky road of stooging attempting to find some sense of gravity amid a sea of foolishness. It never worked of course and Moe took exception every time Larry came up with one of his hair-brained, half-baked ideas. Fortunately for Larry he never ran out of breakaway hair pieces.

 

Wanting to stand out, to find the answers to things that fascinated and bedazzled us as kids, nine times out of ten fascination turned us into being some kind of wise guy. Sometimes I think that God must look at you and I that way as well as we endeavor to find the answers to life’s issues, grabbing as much wisdom in the process as possible, only to discover that we’ve become a wise guy in his sight.

 

Here’s a story. An angel appears at a faculty meeting and tells the dean that in return for his unselfish and exemplary behavior, the Lord will reward him with his choice of infinite wealth, wisdom or beauty. Without hesitating, the dean selects infinite wisdom. “Done!” says the angel, and disappears in a cloud of smoke and a bolt of lightning. Now, all heads turn toward the dean, who sits surrounded by a faint halo of light. At length, one of his colleagues whispers, “Say something.” The dean looks at them and says, “I should have taken the money.” (Betsy Devine and Joel E. Cohen, Absolute Zero Gravity, Simon & Schuster.)

 

Matthew 11:25 states. “. . .  ‘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.’” As grown ups we often think that children are such foolish creatures, always striving to find the answers to stuff that we as grown-ups know and understand without effort. That’s when God looks down from above and grabs us by the hair and yanks a bit. “Don’t be a wise guy!” When you and I think that we’ve got the corner on wisdom nailed more often than not we find out that our striving after wisdom can often lead to knucklehead mistakes. God gives wisdom, he doesn’t hang it out on a stick for us to grab onto. Frankly that’s one knucklehead mistake neither you nor I need to make. It’s best to protect our hair from those heavenly tugs. Ouch!

 

We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for providing us wisdom through the administering of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Forgive us when we try to discover much wisdom ourselves, only to often discover that what we’ve done is become some sort of spiritual wise guy, in need of a tug on the head to turn us around again. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! 

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to "This Passing Day!"  <markcbrunner@thispassingday.com>  God bless   you for Jesus sake.

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