"He who walks with wise men will be wise"(Proverbs 13:20)
In ll Kings 2:1-7 we find a story of loyalty and wisdom.
It was Elijah's last day one this earth. Together with Elisha, the one selected to take his place, they take a tour through the school of the prophets. In the beginning of the journey, and at each stop Elijah invites (almost pleads with) Elisha to stay and not continue on with him. Elisha's answer was the same each time. "As the Lord lives and as you yourself live, I will not leave you."
Their journey ends on the banks of the Jordan river. At this point Elijah has completed his earthly ministry and was ready to depart. Elijah says to Elisha, "Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken away from you." And Elisha said, "Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me".
Every time I read this passage I am always struck with some questions: What if Elisha had not followed through in following his teacher? What if he had not been consistent in "staying the course?" Loyalty is a wonderful thing, but it does not come, or is it given without a cost. When I reflect on the story of Elijah and Elisha, I am struck with the realization that when you couple loyalty and consistency, you always seem to find wisdom. But, make note, wisdom follows loyalty and consistency, not the other way around!
Today, consider pursuing spiritual loyalty and consistency. History seems to teach if we incorporate these two character traits into life's journey, we find ourselves also acquiring wisdom.