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The Occasion of Life

A Brief Reflectional Devotional on Wisdom by Daniel L. Bacon

Ideal for those already acquainted with our thought process at Ammi Ruhama Community

Wisdom does not, ‘rise to the occasion,’ it is the occasion. For the wise ones, wisdom is always the occasion. In the face of the best news; wisdom. In the face of the worst news–wisdom. When I get my way–wisdom. When I don’t get my way–wisdom. When people agree with me–wisdom. When people disagree with me–wisdom. When people love me–wisdom. When people hate me–wisdom.

When the Supreme Court of humanity upholds my values–wisdom.

When the Supreme Court of humanity denies my values–wisdom.

The wise are not, however, stoic, emotionless, logic machines. They grieve deeply in their wisdom occasion. They rejoice with unbounded joy in their search for wisdom, but the occasion is always wisdom and never our circumstances. When wisdom is the occasion of life then our end goal changes from getting our desired result to getting wisdom which is far better.

Wisdom is not synonymous with being right; factually correct. We can pursue factual correctness and continue to be fools never moving the needle on the gauge of wisdom. Neither is wisdom synonymous with good intent. We can pursue our ideal intents and inflict irreparable foolhardy damage to those around us.

However, in pursuing wisdom first; in making wisdom the occasion of life, we are always moving from ignorance to knowledge. By making wisdom the occasion of life we unite under the most honourable of causes. In making wisdom the occasion of life we transcend what happens to us in this life and start happening to life itself.

“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.”

Proverbs 4:7 English Standard Version

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