Ecclesiastes 9:17 - The word of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
To whom do we listen? In what way do we listen? Is our primary desire to listen to God? Are our ears, hearts, and minds attuned to the Lord God? Is listening to the Holy Gospel the primary source of our interest?
Noise abounds in daily life. Do we look beyond the noise in an attempt to listen for the wisdom of God? Do we turn our ears, hearts, and minds to the words of the saints? Do our souls yearn for the enduring wisdom of God? Do we find life saving and life-enriching nourishment in the teachings and life of Christ? Are the appetites of our souls satisfied in Christ?
Are we overcome with peace when we rest in our lives in Christ? Are we filled with joy when hearing the Holy Gospel? Do we find in Christ the permanency and firmness as the foundation of our lives?
Do we get side-tracked onto paths leading far from the Kingdom of God?
Are we fooled or distracted by frivolous words emanating from false and erroneous witnesses? Are we prepared to repent of our erroneous ways? Are we resolute in founding our lives in Christ? Are we prepared to reject and repudiate all that is not Christ in our lives?
Do we turn foremost to Christ for the word to guide our lives? Do we direct our ears, hearts, and minds to the unshakable wisdom of Christ? Do we look within the lives and writings of the saints for practical applications of the Gospel?
In today's tumultuous world, are we able to look beyond the clattering sounds for the presence of Christ? Are we sufficiently disciplined to hold firm to the path set forth by Christ directed to the Kingdom of God? (Mt. 7:13-14)
Do we put complete trust in Christ? Do our lives reflect the total dedication to Christ established at Holy Baptism? Are we prepared to struggle during the remaining time of earthly life to remain faithful to Christ?
Do we value Christ more than earthly pleasures and pursuits? Do we seek the peace that passes all understanding? (Phil. 4:7). Have we found the pearl of great price? (Mt. 13:46). Are we willing to follow and sacrifice for Christ? (Mk. 8:34).
The Christian life entails struggle against all that is not Christ. The Christian life entails the Cross. Understanding the Cross is coming to understand the love of Christ. (1 Cor. 2:2, Gal. 2:20)
The Cross and the Resurrection speak through the centuries for believers with ears to hear. Seekers of lasting wisdom find in the Cross and Resurrection the inexhaustible treasure bringing unlimited joy (Heb. 12:2).
Adult Class. March 18/31, 2016.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church,
St. Cyril of Jerusalem.
Father Rodney Torbic.