Progression in Wisdom
As we walk out the new life we’ve been given in Christ, there will be a wonderful demonstration of the Lord’s wisdom as each step is boldly taken with confidence that it has been ordered by Him.
Isaiah 28:23-29 (NIV)
23 Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say.
24 When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and working the soil?
25 When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cumin? Does he not plant wheat in its place, barley in its plot, and spelt in its field?
26 His God instructs him and teaches him the right way.
27 Caraway is not threshed with a sledge, nor is the wheel of a cart rolled over cumin; caraway is beaten out with a rod, and cumin with a stick.
28 Grain must be ground to make bread; so one does not go on threshing it forever. The wheels of a threshing cart may be rolled over it, but one does not use horses to grind grain.
29 All this also comes from the LORD Almighty, whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent.
There is a correct progression that starts with turning the soil and is complete with the appropriate processing of the crop. While each step in this progression is significant, getting stuck at any one of them renders the whole progression unproductive. As gratifying as it might be to turn the soil and have it cleared of undesired organisms, to continue plowing just for the sake of plowing is but an exercise in futility. As soon as the soil is ready, it is necessary to move right on to the next step of planting. However, the sowing cannot just be random, but specific seeds are placed in the areas where they will be the most productive. Once the crops are harvested, it is necessary to process each crop differently, in the way that will cause it to be most effective. This whole progression, although learned extensively and applied so effectively by farmers, has its origin in God’s design. Any understanding acquired in this regard has actually come from Him.
With an ultimate goal of production in the kingdom, the initial or a subsequent directive received can be maintained way beyond its designed purpose. It’s sort of like that “definition” of insanity that’s been tossed around, “continuing the same actions over and over, expecting different results”. Familiarity may provide a certain amount of confidence in what to do that makes moving on to the next phase a most challenging concept, let alone action. For the completion of anything that God has begun, however, there is a need to move on to the next process in order to progress to His designed completion. Where there has been hesitation or reticence to move on, it is from the Lord Almighty that this wisdom can be acquired.
As we walk out the new life we’ve been given in Christ, there will be a wonderful demonstration of the Lord’s wisdom as each step is boldly taken with confidence that it has been ordered by Him. When it might seem that there is a delay in progression towards the finished work, from Him will come that next step as it is asked for in faith and trust.