“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Wise as Serpents
(Please read Matthew 10:10)
No one can hope to attain the mind of Christ to a degree that will permit him or her to exercise His wisdom in every contact with the enemies of Christ. Yet Jesus admonished the Twelve to be “wise as serpents,” and God has promised to give wisdom liberally to any of his children who ask for it (James 1:5-6). Clearly, the Lord expects our wisdom in dealing with adversaries to grow in some measure to resemble his.
For great samples of the wisdom of Jesus, look at Matthew 22. He had faced opposition before, but this was a series of attempts “to trap him in what he said” (Verse 14, NAS). Space doesn’t permit including the details here, but let’s look now at the nature of his wisdom.
First, he stayed with the point of a question and avoided becoming entangled in side issues with which many people would have woven their own traps.
Further, he relied heavily on the scriptures. It isn’t enough to ask God for wisdom if we are unwilling to nurture it by searching God’s will as revealed to us.
And he had absolute faith in the power of God. Perhaps this is the ingredient our wisdom most often lacks. Our objective should not be to crush our opponent and magnify ourselves in an argument. Rather, we should humbly seek to be used by the Lord as instruments through which his wisdom may be imparted to enlighten others with the radiance of his glory. Thus we can begin to approach “the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).