Thoughtful Thursday: Wise Words

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Inspirational Thought of the Day:

Words are important – choose them wisely.

Scripture of the Day:

Proverbs 10:8

“The wise person accepts instructions, but the one who speaks foolishness will come to ruin. 10 The one who winks his eye causes trouble, and the one who speaks foolishness will come to ruin.”


I’ve got writing deadlines and recording deadlines looming over me and yet I still want to take the time to write to you what God has impressed upon my heart.

As I contemplate each word He pours out through His Holy Spirit in His Word, I am undone. There is so much to say that could never be fully communicated. His principles are just, His ways are perfect. I am humbled in His presence.

To a culture where quick comebacks and flashy motions rule the day, this reminder from Proverbs stands as a testimony that a haughty spirit, popularity in the world and a fast-paced lifestyle are not near to the heart of God.

When we consider that speaking folly leads to ruin, it can give us pause to more carefully speak words that glorify God and communicate grace and truth.

My children and I enjoy watching movies depicting a time period a couple hundred years ago in which the characters spoke thoughtfully to one another. Their purpose in communicating was intentional and clear. No ambiguity. Today people tend to speak without thinking.

Perhaps it is easy to gloss over our vocabulary when so many words are spoken, but the Holy Spirit can help us to recognize when our speech is ungodly, flattering or foolish. The eloquence of earlier times may be a distant memory, but it is worth remembering.

Lord, may our speech be pleasing to Your ear and our words honor You.

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Mundane Monday: Folly’s Wisdom

Foolishness of the cross

Inspirational Thought of the Day:

The world might think we are foolish when we go against our flesh and worldly wisdom, but that death produces real life and wisdom in Christ.

Scriptures of the Day:

1 Corinthians 1:18

“For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will thwart the cleverness of the intelligent. 20 Where is the wise man? Where is the expert in the Mosaic law? Where is the debater of this age? Has God not made the wisdom of the world foolish? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world by its wisdom did not know God, God was pleased to save those who believe by the foolishness of preaching.  22 For Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks ask for wisdom, 23 but we preach about a crucified Christ, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. 24 But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 30 He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.

1 Corinthians 2:7-8

“Instead we speak the wisdom of God, hidden in a mystery, that God determined before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it. If they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”

In a moment what seemed to be foolishness, what appeared to be a colossal defeat – the greatest victory was won.  The wisest, most astonishing act of sacrifice was presented on the world stage and it did not make sense.

Being murdered, spat upon, falsely accused and dying in front of everyone the most grueling painful death can hardly be described as a coveted position, yet the King of all chose this suffering which appeared to be a meaningless tragedy at the time.

How could a cross spell victory, when it’s sole purpose is to condemn and defeat?

The victory won that day was over the wisdom of this world that trusts in itself and does not know God.  In all its wisdom the world cannot know God – unless.  Unless God would come down and do a seemingly foolish, risky thing like die for His own people that He made.

His precious life laid down accomplished the forgiveness for every sin for all time.  One act resulting in complete forgiveness and restoration conquered every heart.

If His death were the end of the story, we would indeed be fools, but Christ has risen and will come again – and next time He will come to take His bride.

Lord, thank You for the victory you accomplished by dying for all mankind.  Help us to walk in Your wisdom and never forget Your sacrifice so we walk faithfully before You.

Thoughtful Thursday: The Righteous vs. the Unrighteous

Psalm 36:1-4

“For the music director; written by the LORD’s servant, David; an oracle. An evil man is rebellious to the core. He does not fear God, for he is too proud to recognize and give up his sin.  The words he speaks are sinful and deceitful; he does not care about doing what is wise and right.  He plans ways to sin while he lies in bed; he is committed to a sinful lifestyle; he does not reject what is evil.”

Malachi 3:18

“Then once more you will see that I make a distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between the one who serves God and the one who does not.”

1 John 3:7

“Little children, let no one deceive you: The one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as Jesus is righteous.

Psalm 38:18

“Yes, I confess my wrongdoing, and I am concerned about my sins.”

Psalm 45:7

“You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of joy above Your fellows.”

No one is righteous, no not one, and yet God counts us as righteous.  How can this be?  The blood of Jesus Christ covers our sins and makes us as white as snow.  Such a costly sacrifice should ever be before us, so that we remember the expectation that comes with so magnificent of a gift.

In this politically correct society, we dare not say that some are wicked and some are more righteous than another, but God has said it in His Word.  Of course I am not suggesting that we go around judging one another and compare our own righteousness – that is folly.  We, who have nothing good in us are not capable of judging another man’s heart, but these Scriptures above help us to examine our own hearts.

The deeds of the wicked are obvious, but the thoughts of the heart are not.  I love the word, “practices” used in the the book of 1 John, above.  It does not indicate that I am trying to be righteous in my own strength, but rather seeking after God and living in such a way as to follow after Jesus.  We will never arrive to perfection on this earth.  We practice because we are ever in the company of our flesh that we must be constantly putting to death.  How do we recognize our faults? Looking into the mirror of God’s Word.

By recognizing our wickedness and confessing our sins, we find mercy and are filled with joy.  Living the godly life is not a miserable, boring life.  It is living as God intended – having fellowship with Him and loving others.  Living for the flesh is a miserable account; especially if you belong to the Kingdom of God – the Holy Spirit will chase you down.  Thank God that He has left us with a Helper.  We do not have to live in ignorance of our sin anymore.

The biggest difference between the righteous and unrighteous is conviction.  The unrighteous do not care that they are sinning; they consider it folly to be concerned with sin.  The righteous are stricken to the core for their sin and troubled enough with their sin to run to the One Who can heal them.

God reveals our sins to us because He loves us.  A sinful lifestyle harms us and separates us from Himself.  We might recognize sin in others, but God did not ask us to seek out other’s sins.  If we see sin in another person, may we be humble enough to see that we are no better and approach in gentleness with redemption being the goal, not accusation.

The church is God’s agent on this earth to reveal our condition before a Holy God and to share God’s salvation.  All to often we find judgement and shunning – even in the body of Christ – because we see some imperfection in one another.  This is laughable – if we could only accept one another because we were perfect, there would not be one member in the body of Christ.  We were meant to be a light to extinguish sin in the world, not a judge waiting to condemn, when we have received mercy ourselves.  Sin kills – are we going to let another soul die?

By God’s grace, we are no longer numbered as unrighteous; may we never forget that.  But may we also never forget what it was like to be unrighteous and seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus, throwing a lifeline to the lost, so that they may be found.

Lord, I am forever grateful that You opened my eyes to see my sin and saved me.  Please help the church to hate the sin but love the sinner, that Your amazing gift of salvation can reach more people and rescue them from sin and death.

Thoughtful Thursday: Christmas Countdown day 11 – His Name is Wisdom

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Corinthians 1:24, 30

24 “But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.  30 He is the reason you have a relationship with Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption,”

Luke 2:52

“And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and with people.”

When Jesus, Who has always been, became flesh, what must it have been like to gaze upon God?  Wisdom wrapped in a blanket, thought to be folly by those who could not see.  A radical plan of salvation delivered in a fragile form.  The very expression of wisdom, personified.   Christ modeled in the form of a babe that the “folly” of God is greater than man’s highest wisdom; that a seemingly futile effort, crafted from love and faithfulness, far exceeded any other plan.   Wisdom was there in the beginning with God – wisdom is God.

You can see it in the expression on one’s face, when wisdom is in their soul.  There is a light in their eyes, a purpose and a clarity to their existence which sees beyond the common circumstances of life.  It is a knowledge of our eternity and an inward longing for God which keeps one on this path of wisdom.

Recently I watched a movie called, “The Book Thief”.  The movie details the life of a young orphaned girl living in Nazi Germany.  The grim reaper narrates the movie, describing how people lived their lives and illustrating how the main character, Leisel, truly lived wisely.   She saw pain and turmoil, but she did not deviate from the pursuit of wisdom and from living rightly.  There is no higher goal than that.  No other method of living that lasts for eternity.

To have attributed to a person that they lived wisely is an impossibility with man; one foolish choice proves our inability to be fully wise.  Yet our goal should be to walk in wisdom – folly has no reward and is not truly living.  We will never be perfect as Jesus was when He walked this earth, but we can choose to embrace His wisdom and cry out to God to walk as He did.

 Lord, You are all-wise, all-knowing.  Help us to ascribe to live like You did – in wisdom.

Thoughtful Thursday: The Purpose of Wisdom

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Ecclesiastes 7:19, 23-25

19 Wisdom gives a wise person more protection than ten rulers in a city.  23 I have examined all this by wisdom; I said, “I am determined to comprehend this” – but it was beyond my grasp. 24 Whatever has happened is beyond human understanding; it is far deeper than anyone can fathom. True Righteousness and Wisdom are Virtually Nonexistent, 25 I tried to understand, examine, and comprehend the role of wisdom in the scheme of things, and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the insanity of folly.

Ecclesiastes 8:1, 16-17

Who is a wise person? Who knows the solution to a problem?  A person’s wisdom brightens his appearance, and softens his harsh countenance. 16 When I tried to gain wisdom and to observe the activity on earth – even though it prevents anyone from sleeping day or night – 17 then I discerned all that God has done: No one really comprehends what happens on earth. Despite all human efforts to discover it, no one can ever grasp it. Even if a wise person claimed that he understood, he would not really comprehend it.

Job 12:12

“Is not wisdom found among the aged?  Does not life bring understanding?” 

Proverbs 3:7
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.”
Proverbs 19:20
“Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.”
Proverbs 3:13
“Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding”

We have been exploring the book of Ecclesiastes the past few Thursdays and the purpose of monotony, time and wealth in the life of believers.  Now my favorite subject – wisdom.  Scripture pleads with us to pursue wisdom and yet places limitations on the wisdom we can attain.  We seek wisdom fervently that we may understand how to live before God, yet we never grasp it fully on this earth.  Where do we find this wisdom?  Wisdom is found in God’s word, in Jesus, Who is wisdom, and also in the aged by the humble seeker.  An older believer or mentor can guide you, but ultimately that counsel must also agree with God’s word.

The promise and blessing of wisdom is beyond value and unable to be gained in the flesh.  God’s word infuses the reader with peace and truth – far better than the folly which the world offers.  Living in ignorance might seem easier in the moment, but the fruit of folly is painful and never delivers its promise.

The irony in wisdom is that it cannot be imparted without being sought after.  I pray for wisdom for my children, but realize they need to ask God themselves for wisdom.  The best advice in the world falls on deaf ears unless the heart is ready to receive it.  Sometimes we don’t want wisdom because we do not want to be inhibited, yet the limits of wisdom offer far more worth than the supposed deceptive freedom walking in folly delivers.

The purpose of wisdom is to give insight to the living, that our days may not be wasted and lived fully for an eternal purpose; avoiding regret and living without guilt from choices bathed in wisdom.  Wisdom guides how we live and grants joy to those who live by it.  Without it, we live in vain.

God knows there is nothing good in us, no wisdom we have on our own.  He has given us wisdom, much like salvation, which are the most expensive gifts of all, yet free to those who recognize the value and pursue it.  Do you need wisdom? God promises to give it to all.  If we ask Him for and embrace wisdom, our souls are set free to live an abundant life for His kingdom purposes.

Writing 101, Day Seven: Give and Take

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Writing 101, Day Seven: Give and Take

Focus today’s post on the contrast between two things. The twist? Write the post in the form of a dialogue.

Over the nighttime clamor of the city, wisdom achingly cries out, “Seek wisdom!  Though it cost all you have!”

Folly’s reply is brief and thoughtless, “It’s too hard!  It’s too costly!”

“Which is more costly, to pay now or later?”, queried wisdom.

“I don’t ever have to pay”, retorted folly.

Then wisdom cried out, even louder, “Open your eyes, fool!  All that is around you is temporary!  What you feel is too difficult to do now, the pain of folly will make you pay in time…”

The fool did not understand and went on his way.

Over the countryside, calm and serene, wisdom called out, “Seek wisdom!  Walk with God!”

“We are fine just livin’ our peaceful life.  Don’t need no religion,” said the fools.

“But wisdom is the greatest peace and joy you will ever have, a treasure for those who find it!”, wisdom begged.

“Go share your message somewhere else, we don’t need it here”, the fools sarcastically whined.

Over the thorn-infested desert, wisdom persisted aloud, “Seek wisdom!  Leave your sinful ways!”.

The fool retorted, “you calling me a sinner?”

Wisdom replied, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Savior.”

The fool spoke thoughtfully, “Will walking with God mean I don’t have any more difficulties?  What good will wisdom do me now in this suffering?”

Wisdom gently said, “It is walking in wisdom that gives you understanding in those difficult times, and relationship with God that will sustain you.  The world does not have this help in their sorrows and God longs to give it; but we must ask.”

The fool answered, “So I must ask for it?  Why?”

Wisdom gently answered, “God is a Father who longs to give good gifts to his children.  If anyone of you lacks wisdom, He promises to give it to him.”

The fool deliberated, pacing back and forth, chewing a piece of straw between his lips.  “This makes sense.  What do I have to lose?” he chided.

Wisdom reflected, “Thank you, God, there are still those who hear your still, silent voice and hear wisdom’s cry.”