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Heroes: The Search for More

August 12th, 2008

Focus Text: Proverbs 1: 5-6 (NLT)

 5 Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser.
      Let those with understanding receive guidance,
 6 by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables,
      the words of the wise and their riddles


Stop Here and Reflect Before Reading Ahead

The moment that Alias and the ever-talented, kick-dropping, and parachute-flying Jennifer Garner took a permanent hiatus from television, I was a depressed man.  Laura and I used to watch the show religiously, even owning each of the five seasons on DVD and occasionally embarking upon Alias marathons (which have ended, of course, with the arrival of our little nocturnal munchkin.)

However, hope broke through the small screen darkness like a beacon of light and it came in the form of a new favorite show in the Driver household: Heroes.  The premise of Heroes is simple: regular people begin to discover supernatural powers that they possess through a certain chromosomal anomaly in their DNA.  These powers include everything from flying to being able to heal themselves instantly to reading people’s thoughts.  Whatever their power may be, each of the heroes or villains must personally explore the extent of their “gifts” and learn to use them.

At the show’s beginning, the central hero, Peter Petrelli, begins to think that he may have the ability to fly.  Throughout the entire pilot episode, the audience is kept in suspense as to whether or not this do-gooding male hospice nurse has the ability to take flight.  As the show progresses we learn that he can indeed fly, but that’s just the tip of the ice burg.

Peter Petrelli’s true superpower is much greater than just flying; he actually has the ability to absorb and replicate the powers of anyone around him.  Basically, in my humble opinion, Peter Petrelli has the potential to be the most powerful superhero in all of comic history because he can retain and use any power he comes into contact with.  Even Superman would be no match for this kind of power!  Therefore, the more powerful that Peter becomes, the more power he has access to.  There are no limits to the possibilities of his abilities.

There is a truth to this concept that is alluded to in Proverbs.  Wisdom is set before us like the greatest treasure that can be sought.  Its energy empowers us to choose the correct paths and gives us the understanding of how to walk the roads that wisdom reveals.  Wisdom is one of the greatest powers that man can gain, allowing him access to health, happiness, wealth, and favor with God.

Proverbs 1: 5 says that the “wise” can become “wiser” by searching out the truths of God’s wisdom.  In essence, the author is telling us that to gain wisdom, one must already possess enough of it to know he needs more.  In other words, the wise are wise enough to seek more wisdom.  How interesting!  It’s as if we each have been given the power of Peter Petrelli in that we can absorb wisdom each time we encounter it . . . and the more we have, the more access to more of it we will have.  Is your brain tongue-tied yet?  Maybe that’s why verse 6 refers to this kind of wisdom as a “riddle.”

The text continues this idea by saying that those with understanding go after guidance.  Again, this seems to be the opposite of what we expect of people who already have understanding.  We expect them to already know what to do and how to do it.  However, the real mark of a person with understanding is their willingness– their desire– to seek the guidance of those who have more wisdom than themselves.

So, I encourage you today to embrace the power of wisdom in your life and to realize that God has opened up the opportunity for you to absorb it from many sources around you.  Again, being wise is more than being “all-knowing.”  It’s literally the ability to continually delve deeper and deeper into the truths that make the wise “become even wiser.”

Godly wisdom is just what we need to fly above this world’s expectations of us and it’s power knows no bounds.  





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