I feel the economic imperative, even as I sit here by a gorgeous Northern Wisconsin lake on an ostensible vacation that circumstances back at the office have turned into a telecommuting workweek.
Maximize the economics, it demands! Prioritize the financial! Practice the modern-day reductionism that insists on following only the money. Push the rest to the margins.
Biblical wisdom dissents, and so—haltingly—do I.
How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. (Proverbs 16:16 ESV)
Can one embrace what is real in the way that bottom-line business disciplines require with an undeniably healthy angle of vision on created reality, while at the same time asking the ‘soft’ question that is likely harder than we know?:
What is God saying to us in these circumstances? What must we learn here in this crush that we can come to understand in no other moment?
The proverb insists that becoming wise is better than getting rich, achieving discernment more worthy of hot pursuit than the most justifiable of retirement plans.
Biblical wisdom is counter-intuitive only when we have allowed ourselves to become beguiled by a logic that for all its claims to undeniable status makes no real sense because it fails to take YHWH’s whole, created reality as its premise.
Lord, make us wise. Let the getting of wisdom begin here. Now. With me.