Jeopardy

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Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Romans 11:33

Insight

Like most of the nation, from April to June of this year, I became captivated by James Holzhauer, better known as "Jeopardy James." I tuned in every night to watch this cocky quiz bowl wizard gamble aggressively on Daily Doubles and answer almost every question correctly. As the days progressed and the wins continued to rack up, people wondered if James could continue to come out on top (side note: Nielsen ratings rose 11% during this time).  

During his impressive 32 game winning streak on the game show, Jeopardy, James won over 2.4 million dollars, making him the third-highest overall winner in the show's history. That's a lot of money; a sum I will probably never see in my lifetime.  

Being smart pays, but there's a different type of knowledge that is priceless. The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Christians living in Rome, speaks about the depths of riches found in the wisdom God possesses. Jeopardy James might be the smartest man in pretty much every room he enters, yet his understanding stacked up against the knowledge of God makes him penniless. 

The same is true for us. Going through life, relying on our limited understanding and perspective leaves us bankrupt. It costs us more than realize. We become susceptible to squandering our integrity, settling for status-quo, and grabbing for the bargain bin of comfort and convenience.  

Like those commercials in between Jeopardy, many of us live by the "act now...pay (and think) later" mantra. We find ourselves continually paying off relational and emotional debt brought on by choices that appeared wise at the moment, but turned out to be folly in the end.  

Leaning on our own understanding will always leave us as runner-up in the game of life; however, looking to Him for guidance keeps us out of jeopardy. The correct answer to the beginning of wisdom is always, "What is the fear of the Lord?" 

Reflection

  • Where are you trusting your limited perspective and relying on your wisdom to deal with a situation?  

Prayer

God, Your wisdom is beyond comprehension. You see all and know all. I pray that I wouldn't let pride or temptation cloud my judgment and cause me to believe I am wiser than You. Let me humbly come to You for guidance and perspective. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.


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