I had the honor of meeting Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., in a coffeeshop in Washington DC last week. She was all business, yet personable. I liked her.
Her words moved me the day before when she delivered a riveting exhortation to thousands of people gathered on the Mall at the RiseUp2017 event challenging all to seek God for the answers to the problems in our society.
What resonated with me deeply was the way she drew on heaven for a mighty spiritual truth
… and BAM!…brought it down to the places where we live. She brought the challenge down to the front door of your house and mine.
King trumpeted the wisdom of God as what is needed to change our world and then called us to bring that wisdom into every level of society, including:
“the White House, the state house, the crack house, the schoolhouse, the jail house, the poor house, the orphan house, the church house, and the world house”…
Hearing Alveda King has challenged me to draw more deeply and intentionally on God’s wisdom for every decision and problem in such a way that my house is a place from which wisdom flows into other areas of life: for instance, in my work, I will get things done by accessing God’s wisdom; my prayer life will become more anchored in God’s wisdom; my speech will be filled with wise words; my relationships will be nurtured with wisdom; and my problems are to be solved with God’s wisdom.
We can’t expect to bring wisdom to others when we haven’t brought wisdom into our own houses. It doesn’t work that way. You can’t bring something to society that you don’t have, personally.
So the question is,
Where have we amplified the problem when we could have brought a wise solution at home? At work? In the line at the grocery store? In a tough situation? In the company? In the church meeting?…
It’s time to rise to a higher level and bring wisdom into the house.
I am both encouraged and convicted by Alveda King’s words.
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“My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste. Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.” –Proverbs 24:13-14
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