Averages and Expectations.
I read that the average washing machine will perform 5,100 cycles before biting the dust. The average length of a mystery novel is 70,000 words. The average person speaks 138 words a minute. The average toddler sleeps ten hours a night. And the average passenger 747 airplane is retired after 27 years of service.
For researchers, these tidbits of information are important. If a product or service is being offered, averages provide a guideline of what a consumer can expect. I’m usually on the consuming end, so I’m more about the expectations. I want the life of a washer to at least equal the value I expect for the price I paid for it. I assume the plane I’m riding will make it safely to my final destination before it’s retired. And, all I remember about my children’s sleeping habits when they were young is that it never seemed to coincide with mine – I expected to lose sleep.
Averages are just that – average. However, expectations are essential. They are what compel us to make a purchase or carry on to the completion of a goal.
There is nothing average about Godly wisdom. We can expect a lot in our pursuit of it. Here are some critical aspects.
Wisdom provides peace.
“But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm.” Proverbs 1: 33
Worries melt away because we understand that God can demolish any harm meant for us.
Wisdom renews our mind.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12: 2
As the world exposes the worst of humanity, God continues on course, knowing he will ultimately be glorified. We may not be able to discern the entirety of his plan, but because of wisdom, our minds no longer have to be bewildered – we know that God is in total charge.
Wisdom teaches us how to be in God’s favor.
“My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart . . . Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation.” Proverbs 3: 1, 4
God sets before us commands and then tells us how pleased he is when we obey. Although the grace of God is all-sufficient and non-ending, I can attest that it feels much more comfortable to approach the King of kings when I am in his favor.
God’s words are true. Peace. Renewal. Favor.When it comes to wisdom, we can expect great things.