Depend More on Wisdom, Not Logic

Daily Devotional

Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

What may seem like a perfectly logical decision may cause more harm than good. It is important therefore to depend more on wisdom, not logic.

Open your eyes to the wisdom of God. In Matthew 13:24-30 Jesus told the parable that a man sowed good seeds in his field, but while he slept the enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and left. When the good seeds sprang up, so did the tares as well.  So the servants of the householder ask how come there were tares in the field even though only good seeds were planted. He told them that an enemy had done this, so he was asked if He would pluck up the tares. Their eyes needed to be opened to wisdom. The householder, who is a representation of God, pointed them to wisdom by saying let the wheat and the tares grow until the day of harvest. The reason that was the case was that if the tares, which look similar to wheat and were closely intertwined with it, were prematurely uprooted then some of the good stuff would have mistakenly been destroyed in the process. By waiting until the time of harvest the wheat could be differentiated from the tares based on the fruit that it brings forth. Wheat grains are typically golden at the time of harvest, while tares produce grains that are black.  

What seems like the logical thing to do may not always be the wisest thing to do; that is one lesson that we can learn from this parable of Jesus. It seemed logical to the servants that the tares should be uprooted; the householder had to open their eyes to wisdom. Doing what he thought was logical would have caused more harm than good. It seemed like the most logical thing to do was for Saul to save the best of the sheep and the oxen after Israel defeated the Amalekites in 1 Samuel 15:9. That decision proved to be a mistake. It is not unique to Saul: how often have you depended on logic to guide your decision and it turned out to be a mistake. Your own experiences should serve as a reminder that you need more than logic to make wise decisions, you need the wisdom of God.

Life Application: Seek the wisdom of God through prayer even when presented with what seems to be logical options.

Prayer: Lord, let me operate in wisdom and seek your direction in all things. In Jesus name, amen.

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