I began to pray for wisdom in high school when I longed to know what the point of life was.
I understand what the author of the Book of Wisdom was feeling when he wrote. “I pleaded and the spirit of wisdom came to me”. It seems that could be what the young man in the Gospel was asking. I think he was beginning to realize that there had to be more to life, more to God than what he knew, something deeper. I still plead for wisdom daily asking God to show me Himself and His will for me each day. I find the point of life when I put myself in circumstances where the Lord can reveal Himself. What does that look like? Prayer, the Mass, Confession, Bible study, the teachings of our Church, the Rosary and the lives of the Saints, sharing and learning from others who practice our Catholic faith. I hope the young man got it and began to look at this life differently in his pursuit of wisdom. Because God answers. He is faithful, I have found He provides opportunities for us to learn about who He is at just the right time.
Do I give up all things for wisdom? Or do I go away sad? Am I willing to give up everything for God and the things of God? I want my answer to be a resounding “YES!” Why? Because I want to so place my love and my life in God’s life until I can “shout for joy and gladness all my days”! I want to be glad when I feel afflicted as the Psalmist writes. I want to be able to rejoice in God during the times “that I see evil”, confident that He is bigger than evil. I want to experience His kindness (God’s ability to turn bad into good). That’s a daily surrendering for me. It’s certainly a life long process.
Like the young man, I can let the world and my own desires get in the way of receiving the blessings of wisdom. God’s ways seem impossible for me to follow at times. As St Paul would say, “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak”. That’s where this Gospel really offers good news! God doesn’t expect me to have to do this all alone. He is there to fill my desire for Him, to provide His grace in every situation. I pray daily for wisdom and know that “for human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.”
I hope you allow God’s Word today to be “living and effective, a two edged sword” in your life.
Go, give your life to the Lord. Accept the invitation to “Come follow me!” You just might find yourself shouting for joy and gladness all your days.