We’ve got a supply problem. Our world has a shortage of sages.
What is a sage? Can you and I be sages?
A sage is a person who possesses wisdom, good judgment (discernment), and experience. I love how Ben Witherington III describes a sage: “wide of ear” and “broad of heart”. Jesus describes these as having “ears to hear”. Well, to be sure, what else are ears for? But this is where the heart comes in. We are both body (ears) and spirit (heart).
Most of you probably don’t think of yourself as a sage. I don’t think of myself as a sage. But a wise person will “increase in learning.” A wise person will “prove all things.” We should apply ourselves to become sages. Sages-in-the-making are learning how to live, how to love, how to heal, how to comfort…how to suffer, even how to die. They have ears that hear the cries of desperation and hearts that care. To the sage no moment is meaningless. Time is opportunity.
As the world careens toward godlessness and self-destruction it is in increasingly desperate need of sagacious men and women. In an era when the west sleepily succumbs to encroaching secularism and the subtilty of totalitarian thought – coming not the least (ironically) from our most esteemed centers of learning – folks who are “wide of ear” and broad of heart”, and who understand their time are vital.
Where do we look for wisdom? How can we proceed? King Solomon was brilliant. The ancient Greeks were known for wisdom. We can learn much from a line of great thinkers in more recent times. But I think Jesus was “The Sage.” At the surprisingly young age of thirty-three. And long before. At twelve he wowed the learned of His day with His quiet understanding. We do well to read the wisdom literature of the ages. We do better to study Him.
Quiet, steady, relaxed, poised.
Loving, caring, healing, weeping
Raising, filling, blessing.
Rejoicing, trusting, resting.
We can become sages too; if we choose. We should, because our generation needs ears that hear and hearts that know.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28,29
“In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” Isaiah 30:15