All wisdom is from the Lord,
and with him it remains forever.
The sand of the sea, the drops of rain,
and the days of eternity—who can count them?
The height of heaven, the breadth of the earth,
the abyss, and wisdom—who can search them out?
Wisdom was created before all other things,
and prudent understanding from eternity.
The root of wisdom—to whom has it been revealed?
Her subtleties—who knows them?
There is but one who is wise, greatly to be feared,
seated upon his throne—the Lord.
It is he who created her;
he saw her and took her measure;
he poured her out upon all his works,
upon all the living according to his gift;
he lavished her upon those who love him.
-Sirach 1:1-10 (NRSV)
We live in an age of marvelous technological advances that seem to have ‘leap-frogged’ ahead in some ways. It is easy to be full of ourselves and, as a character from one of the Star Wars movies did, think we (like his fictional ‘Death Star’) have become the “ultimate power in the universe.” I chose to quote from the book of Sirach (a book of the Apocrypha also known as Ecclesiasticus in some circles) because the truth of where wisdom actually comes from is adequately stated here. May God bless you as you ponder the awesome, immeasurable wisdom that He freely gives us– if we but ask in faith.
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