Wisdom treasures both the old and the new. It neither clings to the old simply because it is old nor runs after the new simply because it is new. We need to sort out ideas about how to serve the Lord. What by its nature is old and valuable? What on the present scene is likely to prove an advance in our relationships with God and others? To begin with we need to understand how God has been calling us all along. Then we need to read “the signs of the times.” We live in a developing world which may call for new responses from us. Some experiments won’t work. There is a risk in being part of a living process. It is part of wisdom also to know when to turn away from a false direction.
Jesus can bring us through in spite of occasional mistakes. The only real obstacle to his aims is a digging in of our heels and a refusal to be led by him. Wisdom follows the mind and heart of the Lord, not its own timidity or rashness.
Teach me wisdom, Lord, so that I can see how you want me to live and represent you in this world. Give me prudence and courage especially when I am confused and need your guidance and strength.