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"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom..."
"How much better is it to get wisdom than gold!
and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver! "
"But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him."
Are you wise like the owl?
Are you wise like the owl?
One of the finest hotels in the USA, the El Cortez Hotel in San Diego, California, needed another elevator due to its popularity. Educated architects and engineers came up with an idea and designed a plan to put in another elevator. Unfortunately, the project required tearing holes in each of the floors, which would cost a lot of money, make a mess, and also lose customers in the process. However, with God's wisdom, one of the janitors offered the idea of building the elevator on the outside. As a result, they made the first exterior elevator, which saved a lot of money and trouble.
This teaches us that today, there is a lot of knowledge but little wisdom. "But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty... that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:27, 29-31).
The architects and engineers used knowledge, information gained through school, and experience to solve the problem, but their results were not the best. The janitor used good judgment, which produced a better solution. In the present days, our knowledge has increased much faster than our wisdom. Wisdom is not just human knowledge, experience, or intelligence. Wisdom is an invaluable gift from God, the ability to know how to use knowledge to make sound judgments, decisions, and choices that will be helpful, effective, productive, lasting, and valuable. Knowledge can exist without wisdom, but not wisdom without knowledge and understanding. For example, knowledge is knowing how to use a hunting gun, but wisdom knows when to use it and to keep it safe.
The Bible tells us, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths." (Proverbs 3:5-6). The Lord who gave the gift of life to mankind also desires to obey Him to provide the gift of wisdom to have a more productive and peaceful life. Unfortunately, mankind even explored space, walked on the Moon, split the atom, and instantly communicated events that happen from around the world, yet it is in big trouble. We can hear this on the radio and TV and read it in newspapers and magazines. Instead, to obey and follow His creator looking for guidance from politicians and experts to survive. "There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death." (Proverbs 14:12). Today, the real problem is that most mankind does not care about "wisdom," If they care, they look in the wrong places besides the Word of God.
God's Wisdom for our Every Need comes first from His Word. "Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." (Psalm 119:105) Wisdom is not an emotional feeling but is sanctified common sense guided by the Word of God. "The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail." (Isaiah 58:11) , "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye." (Psalm 32:8) This kind of guidance comes only when we have an intimate relationship with the Lord and is formed by time spent with Him.
Second, God's wisdom comes also through the Holy Spirit, which lives within us, the believers in Christ. James says, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." (James 1:5). The Holy Spirit gives us specific guidance as needed. God will speak to our hearts when we walk in the Spirit.
If we are children of God, we always have the Father over us and overseeing all things. We have the Son beside us by directing our steps, and also, we have the Holy Spirit inside us, impressing our hearts and leading us. God has a unique plan for each of our individual life. "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11).
God's wisdom only is revealed in His Word, by His Holy Spirit, and through prayer. When we spend time every day meditating on His Word, we will become "... like a tree Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper." (Psalm 1:3). As we are guided by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit we will have God's wisdom for our every need.
When I was in high school, the male students were required to wear a unique hat with an emblem of an owl in the front. At that time, I learned that the owl symbolized wisdom. Sometimes a person describes another as being "wise as an owl." The owl is a good size bird, but different from others. It has a large head and big wide-open eyes. At night, the owl is able to see much better than during the day. During the day, it hides from its enemies for safety reasons.
We need knowledge, but wisdom is what we most desperately need to solve the everyday challenges we face within ourselves while at home, at work, or in conflicts with friends, relatives, or strangers. To solve all these challenges and problems, we need God's wisdom, taught to us in the Bible, especially in the book of Proverbs and the Epistle of James. Therefore, all of us need to continually ask the Lord to give us the gift of wisdom to see at night like the "owl."
We live in a world that produces spiritual darkness. The darkness is so great when we compare it to the "Light of the world" Jesus Christ. Jesus said, "That light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil" (John 3:19). We can see and operate normally in the darkness of this world with eyes wide open only if we have trusted Jesus Christ as our Savior. Then we can say with the blind man who Jesus healed, "One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see" (John 9:25).
"For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding" (Proverbs 2:6). In this verse, according to King Solomon, wisdom is gained from God. With God's wisdom, we will be able to find success and happiness in life, and we will also be able to help others. If we are believers in Christ, we believe and depend on God's power and God's wisdom and not on worldly wisdom. There is a difference between godly and worldly wisdom, according to (James 3:13–17) also (1 Corinthians 3:19,20) says, "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain." Godly wisdom is from God and honors God also against the "conventional wisdom" of the day, which focuses on self-instead the kingdom of God.
"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom..." (Psalm 111:10). "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." (Proverbs 1:7)
In the Bible, this is the perfect explanation of wisdom. Godly wisdom begins with the fear of God and produces a holy life. This is why we must know the God of the Bible. We must know the scriptures, love and fear the Lord. This way, His Spirit will help us to become wise and make godly judgments on our Christian journey. Godly wisdom is not just about knowing what is best but also applying that knowledge to our everyday life. When we do that, this is when we know that we are truly wise.
The Holy Scriptures tell us to ask for godly wisdom (James 1:5) because it is better than gold and silver. "How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver!" (Proverbs 16:16). We need to ask the Lord to give us the gift of godly wisdom as King Solomon asked and received. His wisdom will help us to trust His guidance to safely hide us in the day like the "owl." When we are saved by the grace of God, we have a spiritual enemy, the devil, who continuously "as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). We are not a match with his power or his deceitfulness, and we need a refuge for protection, which is the Lord Jesus Christ. Under the wings of the Lord is the perfect place to hide and find safety and security. "Under his wings shalt thou trust..." (Psalm 91:2). And "Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah" (Psalm 32:7).
The following verses mention that wisdom comes from God and not man. It involves God’s plan and not ours for His glory. It is hidden from the unsaved people but seen by the saved ones. It also applies to the believer’s life and not to the unsaved. “However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written:
Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
(I Corinthians 2:6–9)
The person who chooses wisdom and follows God will be blessed in various ways: with long life, prosperity, joy, and the goodness of God according to the verses (Proverbs 9:11), (Proverbs 2:20-22, 3:13-18); and (Proverbs 12:21). The person who rejects Him will suffer shame and death according to the verses (Proverbs 3:35; 10:21). To reject God is to choose foolishness over wisdom and is to separate himself from God, His Word, His wisdom, and His blessings.
Be Wise! If you are not a Christian, come to the Lord Jesus Christ now, just as you are. First, admit you are a sinner. Then, repent, and receive Him as your personal Savior by faith. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved..." (Acts 16:31). Then, you will have Jesus Christ, a light in the darkness and a hiding place from danger and judgment for time and eternity. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life" (John 5:24). After you become a Christian, true child of God, you will experience that you are spiritually rich. When you have trusted Jesus Christ by faith, you receive more than the assurance of eternal life. God has provided you with the resources you need to live each day as an effective Christian. Faith is the key. Open a promise of God today to experience that the Lord is alive and enjoy the many blessings He has for you. "Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!" (Psalm 34:8)
by Ted Matamis, copyright © 2023. All rights reserved.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 9:10
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.”
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7
“Wisdom is with aged men, And with length of days, understanding.”
“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding....I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths.When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble.” Proverbs 4:7,11-12
“A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel.” Proverbs 1:5
“Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.”
“The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength “
“For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.”
“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruits,without partiality and hypocrisy.” James 3:17
“He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.” Proverbs 19:8
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.” Proverbs 3:7
"The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.” Proverbs 3:35
“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future..” Proverbs 19:20
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct, that his works are done in the humility that comes from wisdom. “
“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2
“By pride comes nothing but strife, but wisdom is found in those who take advice....He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.” Proverbs 13:10, 20
"How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding rather to be chosen than silver! Proverbs 16:16
“The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, And his tongue talks of justice.” Psalms 37:30
‘Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil”
“Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” Colossians 4:5-6
"The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;”
"Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.” Psalm 51:6
“A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.” Proverbs 13:1
“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” 1 Corinthians 1:25
“A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back.”
“The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips.” Ecclesiastes 10:12
“Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.” Proverbs 18:2
"Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the Lord understand all.." Proverbs 28:5
”The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.” Proverbs 11:9
“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Proverbs 14:1
“A fool despises his father’s instruction, But he who receives correction is prudent...Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise.”
“My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will rejoice indeed.”
“Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.”
1 Corinthians 3:18
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
”So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul; If you have found it, there is a prospect, And your hope will not be cut off.” Proverbs 24:14
"But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him." James 1:5
“Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings.” Proverbs 1:23
“Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly.” Proverbs 2:5-7
“For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who pleases Him ; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who pleases God. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.” Ecclesiastes 2:26
“Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding."
“Many will be purified, made spotless and refined, but the wicked will continue to be wicked. None of the wicked will understand, but those who are wise will understand.”
"Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding; For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, And her gain than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies, And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her. Length of days is in her right hand, In her left hand riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who retain her.”
"Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water,That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither;And whatever he does shall prosper.”
"I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.."
“Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the Lord are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.”
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!”
“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.“
1 Corinthians 1:30
“The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation , so that you may know him better.”
"And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life."
1 John 5:20
"For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
2 Corinthians 4:6
"O LORD, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom You have made them all: the earth is full of your creatures."
"Not until we have become humble and teachable, standing in awe of God's holiness and sovereignty...
acknowledging our own littleness, distrusting our own thoughts, and willing to have our minds
turned upside down, can divine wisdom become ours."
— Theologian, B. J. Palmer
“Knowledge is knowing a fact. Wisdom is knowing what to do with that fact.“— Founder of chiropractic, B. J. Palmer
“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.“
— ”Prince of Preachers”, Charles Spurgeon
“Wisdom is the power to see and the inclination to choose the best and highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it.”
—Theologian, B. J. Palmer
“Wisdom in scripture is, broadly speaking, the knowledge of God's world and the knack of fitting oneself into it.”
—Theologian, Cornelius Plantinga
“Wisdom is, and starts with, the humility to accept the fact that you don’t have all the right answers, and the courage to learn to ask the right questions.” — Author Unknown
“If you keep watch over your hearts, and listen for the Voice of God and learn of Him, in one short hour you can learn more from Him than you could learn from Man in a thousand years“
—Theologian, Johannes Tauler
“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would have preferred to talk.“
— Columnist and editor, Doug Larson
“Do not heed the jar of man's warring opinions. Let God be true and every man a liar. The Bible is the Bible still. If any man lacks wisdom, let him ask of God. You have an unction from the Holy One, and you know all things.”
—Churchman and poet,Horatius Bonar
“A wise man may look ridiculous in the company of fools.”
— Churchman and historian, Thomas Fuller
“No mind, no wisdom--temporary mind, temporary wisdom--eternal mind, eternal wisdom.”— Missionary, Adoniram Judson
“As we trust God to give us wisdom for today's decisions, He will lead us a step at a time into what He wants us to be doing in the future.”
— Evangelist.and founding director of the Back to the Bible broadcasts, Theodore Epp
“The highest and most profitable learning is the knowledge of ourselves. To have a low opinion of our own merits, and to think highly of others, is an evidence of wisdom.”
— Author of “The Imitation of Christ”, Thomas A Kempis
“If you young fellows were wise, the devil couldn't do anything to you, but since you aren't wise, you need us who are old.”
— Priest, theologian and professor, Martin Luther
“The chief means for attaining wisdom, and suitable gifts for the ministry, are the Holy Scriptures, and prayer.”
— Evangelical Anglican cleric, John Newton
“Patience is the companion of wisdom.”
— Theologian and philosopher, Augustine
”The biggest difficulty with mankind today is that our knowledge has increased so much faster than our wisdom."
— Chemist, Frank Whitmore
“The wisdom of the world is not the wisdom of God; in fact, by comparison, the wisdom of the world is foolish.”
— Author, Tonia Woolever
"Do you ever sit down and wonder what is wrong with the world? Do you ever ask yourself why it is that Christians seem to have so little influence, why they seem to achieve so little, for all their numbers, in putting the world right? To each of those two questions there is ultimately but one answer. It is this: we lack the mind of Christ.”
—PhD in industrial economics, Arthur J Lewis
“The sublimity of wisdom is to do those things living which are to be desired when dying.”
— Vice-chancellor of the University of Dublin, Jeremy Taylor
”As a man grows wiser, he talks less and says more.”
“There is nothing more foolish than an act of wickedness; there is no wisdom equal to that of obeying God.”
— Theologian, Albert Barnes
"People give advice, God gives guidance."
— Evangelist and author, Leonard Ravenhill
“Wisdom prepares for the worst, but folly leaves the worst for the day when it comes.” — Politician, Richard Cecil
“A saying I heard years ago: 'It doesn't matter what you do. Just do something, even if it's wrong!' That's the most stupid counsel I've ever heard. Never do what's wrong! Do nothing until it's right. Then do it with all your might. That's wise counsel.”
— Dr. Chuck Swindoll
“It is highly dangerous to receive the truths of the Bible with human wisdom, for this is a hidden and subtle method which invariably causes a believer to perfect with his flesh the work of the Holy Spirit.”
— Church leader and Christian teacher, Watchman Nee
“No judge can stop us from praying for our country and I pray that on May 6, millions of Americans will join me in praying for our President, all of our elected leaders, and even for this unjust judge and all those who rule from the bench - that God would guide them and give them wisdom.”
— Evangelist, Franklin Graham
“A wise old owl sat in an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Let’s try to imitate that bird.”
A wise man learns by the experience of others.
An ordinary man learns by his own experience.
A fool learns by nobody's experience.
God's Wisdom; Man's Folly
God's Wisdom; Man's Folly
We will never fully understand
No matter how much we try
God's ways are outside our realm
Along with the reasons ‘why’
We analyse and intellectualise
What we do not understand
We need God's wisdom in our hearts
Not the intellect of man
I know we have so many questions
But the answers we seldom find
For we can never work God out
Nor understand His mind
There's no searching God's understanding
So infinite are His ways
New are His mercies and steadfast love
At the dawn of each new day
So wonderful are all His counsels
His wisdom's too great for me
He understands the whole universe
And the hurt inside, He sees
I wonder how almighty God
All knowing and divine
How He could care about my world
And give undivided time
But this is the complexity
Of the holy, great 'I Am'
We often do not fully grasp
And we fail to understand
Just how much God really loves us
Beyond what we can comprehend
For God is more than omnipotent
He is our dearest friend
— By M.S.Lowndes
Words Of Wisdom
Words Of Wisdom
King Solomon was not a fool
When to the Lord he prayed,
For he knew well the Golden Rule
And this had been obeyed…
Yet now a kingdom he must guide,
Regardless, rich or poor,
As long as God stood side-by-side,
He could not want for more…
King Solomon was just a man,
He did not know all things
And yet he knew God had a plan,
God was the King of Kings…
So while God offered him a gift,
He served the kingdom best
If he could stem the tragic rift
With God and all the rest…
King Solomon desired most
God’s wisdom here on Earth,
Yet not to brag and not to boast
Or seek to prove his worth…
He asked for wisdom, nothing else,
Not treasures or long life,
For these he knew were short term spells
While men on Earth survive…
King Solomon had pleased the Lord
Who gave these gifts to him
And all God’s wisdom was outpoured
To fill him to the brim…
Consider wisdom and take heed
This poetry you see,
The Holy Bible’s there to read…
Begin at Calvary!
— By Denis Martindale
Seeking Godly Wisdom
Seeking Godly Wisdom
Receive The Word in your heart, and you'll give Wisdom her start,
In your conduct as you live this life, while you follow Jesus Christ,
This, if Wisdom you will treasure, indeed, she'll guide you forever,
Helping us on a path that's right; leading us to walk in God's Light.
With Wisdom's discerning heart, from The Lord you will not depart,
As her discernment comes your way, she will lead you day by day;
Seek out Wisdom as if silver, and through grace you shall find her,
Seeking her as hidden treasure, when found, she'll leave you never.
Through Wisdom one understands, where a Holy Lord God stands,
And exactly what God expects of us, as we follow The Lord Jesus,
By Wisdom, we know to fear The Lord, when His Word is explored,
As like silver is when we mine, we learn of God's Righteous design.
Wisdom, in a world like this, allows us know God's Righteousness,
His Righteous Judgment we can see, by God's Justice and Equity,
Wisdom puts us on a righteous path, leading far from God's wrath,
Saving God's own from evil men, and their ways God will condemn.
Godly Wisdom shall lead all of us, onto a path of God's Goodness,
Preserving us through all these days, while we lift to God the praise,
Who is the source of True Wisdom, leading men to God's Kingdom,
His Kingdom that's forever friend, where God's Wisdom has no end.
— by Bob Gotti
"As we trust God to give us wisdom for today's decisions,
He will lead us a step at a time into what He wants us
to be doing in the future."
Evangelist and founding director
of the Back to the Bible broadcasts, Theodore Epp
Spiritual requirements for gaining wisdom:
Reverence (Proverbs 9:10)
Humility (Proverbs 11:2, 15:33)
Teachableness (Proverbs 9: 9, 15:31, 19:20)
Diligence (Proverbs 8:17, 2:4-5)
Uprightness (Proverbs 2:7)
Faith (James 1:5-8)
The fruits of silence;
The blessings of health;
The rewards of self-discipline;
The satisfaction of achievement;
The responsibility of power;
The beauty of nature;
The miracle of love;
The meaning of friendship;
The privilege of prayer;
The power of faith;
The joy of sharing;
The treasure of integrity.
— by William Arthur Ward
Putting God's Wisdom Into Action
The world overflows with information, data and knowledge,
but there is precious little wisdom.
Yet wisdom is what we most desperately need when we face a problem at work or at home, with friends, or in our own lives.
To answer life's questions we want sound advice from someone we respect,
someone who knows how to succeed and how to deal with failure,
who sees clearly the consequences of different courses of action.
This you can find in the book of Proverbs and also in the book of James.
In these books you can find advice that has been tested for centuries
and found true; about how to put God's wisdom into action.
"If you keep watch over your hearts, and listen for the Voice of God and learn of Him,
in one short hour you can learn more from Him than you could learn from Man in a thousand years. "
—Theologian, Johannes Tauler
THE WISDOM OF GOD
God in His wisdom formed the heavens and earth.
He carved out a place for the seas to reside.
The mountains speak of His glory
and the valleys tell of the depth of His eternal love.
Nothing is or has been created apart from the wisdom of God.
He is the beginning and the end of all things–the Alpha and the Omega.
He set each star in its place.
The sky is clothed with His glory
and the night abides in His mercy and grace.
He created boundaries for the land to follow
and commands how far each wave of the sea can flow.
The dust of the earth is evidence of His advent and in the fullness of time
He created a way for us to experience His love for all eternity.
God made the decision to love us even before His hands shaped the foundation of this world. In wisdom, He knew our deepest need even before it existed. It was a need for a Savior.
Have you ever wondered why God chose to come to earth as a baby–helpless and seemingly unprotected? The answer lies within His wisdom and desire for you to know and experience His intimate love. The apostle Paul writes, "He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us to adoption as sons [and daughters] through Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 1:4-5).
While the Law of God demands payment for sin, God knew that the payment was far too great for us. Only God in His infinite wisdom is capable of providing the atonement needed to eradicate our sin.
Author and theologian Henry Thiessen writes, "[Jesus] became man in order to confirm the promises made to the fathers [of Israel] and to show mercy to the Gentiles ( Romans 15:8-12). Beginning with the promise in Genesis 3:15 and continuing through the Old Testament, God at various times promised to send His Son into the world. Thus Isaiah says, 'For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us'(Isaiah 9:6)."
At the time of Christ’s birth, many people did not believe they needed a Savior. The Romans certainly did not believe in God. They worshiped many gods. The Gentiles were not looking for a Savior. Their god was their own selfish appetites. The result of their actions led to paganism. Even the Jews, who longed for deliverance from Roman rule, did not embrace the Messiah that God provided. They wanted a military king–a man who would free them from Roman oppression while restoring the nation of Israel to full authority.
However, God chose a better way for salvation to come to mankind. Instead of the royal robes of human power and position, salvation came to earth wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. Many may look at this event and wonder how this could be wisdom’s finest hour, but it is.
God says, "My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways . . . For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8-9).
Without hesitation, God chose the arms of a virgin to hold His beloved Son. We will never understand fully the mind of God. At times, He provides small glimpses of His glory. (Isaiah 6:1-5) We can pray and even hear His voice speaking through the Holy Spirit who lives inside each believer. But on this side of heaven, the full scope of God’s wisdom is not something we can comprehend. If we could, there would be no need for faith, and faith is the cornerstone to a vibrant, personal relationship with God.
By faith we believe that God loves us. By faith we give ourselves to Him, and by faith we follow Him. Like Abraham, we go forward trusting the One who is leading us. (Hebrews 11:8) We trust His wisdom even when life brims with feelings of rejection and difficulty because time and the study of His Word have taught us that His wisdom is best, and nothing can compare to the love He has for us.
You can take every burden to God. You do not have to bear it alone. Years ago one of my directors shared with our staff how his youngest daughter insisted on tying her own shoes. He offered his help, but she flatly refused. Later, while he was standing outside his daughter's bedroom door, he heard her fall back on her bed and in exhaustion say: "God, you are going to have to help me. I can't do it."
Christ did not come to encourage the wisdom of man. In fact, He came to confound the wise. He tells us, "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, ‘He is the One who catches the wise in their craftiness'; and again, ‘The Lord knows the reasoning of the wise, that they are useless" (1 Corinthians 3:19-20). We need God and, most of all, we need His wisdom for our lives.
If it were our choice, we would have found another way to redeem mankind. Never would we have sent our son to such a spiritually cold and calculating environment. But God did not ask man what was best.
In wisdom, He knew exactly what He wanted to do, and He is still doing it today. When we think life is out of order and beyond redemption, we must remember God is sovereign. He is in control, and He has a plan not only for this world but also for each of us.
Nothing is accidental with God. The timing of Christ's birth was perfect. The place of His birth was handpicked by the same God who formed the heavens and loves you. Have you ever found yourself questioning God’s wisdom?
Do you wonder if He has made a mistake, especially when sorrow overtakes you? He never makes mistakes. There will be times when you rush ahead of Him, or make choices that are not the best. You may suffer the consequences of your decisions, but you can be sure that when you turn to God, He will embrace you. His wisdom will guide you and His grace will be as a royal robe of hope and encouragement.
Paul writes, "Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!" (Romans 11:33). More than likely, you never would have chosen a manger in which to lay your newborn child. Nor would you have rushed to announce his birth to a band of ragtag shepherds, but God did. He had a greater purpose in mind than identifying with the royalty of this world.
At Christmas, as you seek to do the best and be the best, make sure that you do not miss a divine blessing–the wisdom of God revealed to all mankind.
• Jesus came as a baby to teach you how to trust. Imagine what it felt like to look up for the first time through newborn eyes into the face of your earthly mother. She is young, but she is committed to loving your heavenly Father. You squint at the candle's light that your earthly father has placed near your straw-filled bed.
Up until this point, the only light you have known has been the brilliance of heaven’s glow. Now the light of earth enshrouds you. You close your eyes and sleep because you know your heavenly Father's plan is perfect. Faith in the eternal plan of God was the only way Jesus could begin His earthly life.
• Jesus came as the bread of life. Suddenly, all the eyes of creation were focused on one town–Bethlehem, which means the house of bread. God in His wisdom chose this place for His Son to be born. After the beginning of His earthly ministry, Jesus proclaimed, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst" (John 6:35).
• Jesus came to ordinary men and women. "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy" (Luke 2:10). The shepherds were common men. They also were viewed as outcasts. The Jews avoided them because they worked with unclean animals and were, therefore, ceremonially unclean. But God does not look on the outward appearance of man. He looks at the heart. Jesus did not come to walk among kings and princes; He came to you and me. Therefore, the angel’s heavenly birth announcement was meant for people like you.
• Jesus came to teach you how to live. Obedience to God is a foundational principle. When you make a choice to obey God, you position yourself for blessing. Following Christ is a costly decision, but the dividends are eternal.
• Jesus loves you and always has time and a place for you. God will never turn you away. Though there was no room for Mary and Joseph at the inn, God in His mercy has a place in His heart reserved for you. Access is granted no matter what has happened in your past. All He asks for you is that you acknowledge your sin and your need for His Son.
• Jesus came so that you might have eternal life. There is no way to celebrate the birth of Christ without celebrating His death and resurrection. Ultimately, Jesus took your place on Calvary's Cross.
It was His gracious, loving desire to do the Father’s will. Thousands of years later, you and I still worship the Christ child–Jehovah's deliverer who was born to live and die for the sins of all men and women. —By Dr.Charles F. Stanley
When Wisdom Comes
It is not necessary to struggle through bad choices in life; seek the Lord, and He will provide all you need to make godly decisions.
Are you struggling with a decision in which both choices seem profitable? Have you ever faced crossroads in your life at which you wonder how you got to such a point? If you desire to know that your decisions and actions are right, there is hope. God is the only Source of wisdom. He alone knows the path He wants you to take, and He alone can guide You there.
It's sometimes easy to persuade yourself that the right decision will "just make sense" or just fall into your lap. This is a very risky way to live your life because God has His own ways, which are different from ours. (Isaiah 55:8-9) Living wisely can not be founded on our own understanding; it must be rooted in the Lord. (Proverbs 3:5)
The only way to gain true wisdom is to seek the Lord. Wisdom is necessary in all aspects of life: in difficult times and in good times. It is easy to squander a blessing from God by not walking wisely. That is why it’s imperative to stay close to God through prayer, study of His Word, obedience of His principles, and knowing how He works in our lives and in the lives of those around us.
As you search for wisdom in decision-making, you may receive advice from other believers. God can use others to share His will with you. However, it is crucial that you measure all that you hear—whether from friendly advice or from a sermon—against God's Word.
It is crucial that you pour over the Scriptures as you seek the Lord. John 1:1 says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." The Word is identical to God. According to Psalm 119:105, the Bible is the lamp for your feet and the light of your path. Ask God to illuminate His Word to you, to share His mind and His heart with you so that you will walk wisely through life. Every decision you make, no matter how small, must be grounded in God's wisdom.
As you seek God's guidance in every area—and every decision—of your life, it is appropriate to meditate on the following questions:
Will the course considered lead a fellow Christian to sin by your example? 1 Corinthians 8:13 says, "Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause my brother to stumble."
Will the action provide strength and encouragement to your own life? 1 Corinthians 6:12 says, "All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything." 1 Corinthians 10:23 continues this thought by adding, " . . . but not all things edify."
Will the action ultimately glorify God? Says, "Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."
When searching for answers, we often hope that a brick will hit us in the head to inform us of God's desire. If you feel as though you’ve earnestly sought the Lord and still have no clear direction, take heart. If you're spending time with God, seeking His will with pure motives, studying the Bible, and obeying Him, He will show you. He may want you to wait out your wisdom. Sometimes God allows us to experience times of waiting so that He can diffuse us of our own misconceptions, false beliefs, and expectations. Remember that God is sovereign, and He loves you more than anyone else ever could. Relish in the waiting times because He uses them to draw you near to Him. And when you draw near to Him, He promises to draw near to you! ( James 4:8) He desires you to have His discernment more than you do. So trust in James 1:5-6, in which God promises liberal wisdom without reproach to all who ask.—In Touch Ministries
Nature Reveals God's Wisdom
Wisdom enables us to understand reality. Through wisdom we have discovered a set of scientific laws that elegantly express reality in the language of mathematics. Whenever man learns the logic of the universe, man is (in essence) "thinking God's thoughts after Him." A correct "understanding" of understanding, therefore, is that we humans discover (and implement) wisdom; we do not invent it.
In particular, the cause of our universe coming into being, and of its continuing to operate as it does, is a dynamic display of the Creator's wisdom, some of which we can scientifically discover and understand. When we do, it is like walking in the footprints of someone who previously walked through a snowdrift.
The unfathomable amount of applied knowledge (wisdom) that was used to invent the universe, and to pre-program its interactive workings, is a source of beyond-the-imagination wonder (omniscience?). David the psalmist asked, in light of the stupendous power and quantity displayed in the heavens, "what is man," that God is mindful of him? (Psalm 8:3-4).
How could a creature such as a human begin to comprehend the wisdom built into the interactive universe? To the extent that we humans have any wisdom at all, much less the wisdom necessary to understand a meaningful amount of the universe's workings, our understanding is itself more amazing than the physics of the universe! For how can an immaterial mind, residing inside a "bone-house" human body made of water and other constituent elements of the earth, comprehend anything?
As discussed in the Cause and Effect Section, http://www.icr.org/triune/ it is only by God's creative grace that human creatures like us can think any thoughts at all, much less thoughts that are logical and analytical enough to be called "scientific." Because God's wisdom is displayed in the universe itself, and also in our human ability to comprehend that universe, we owe our great Creator-God an ongoing debt of creaturely thanksgiving.— Insttute for Creation Research
WISDOM for the TRIALS of LIFE
One of life's most commonly asked questions is, "Why does God allow His children to go through difficult, trying, painful times in life?" We recognize that God is all-powerful and could prevent these trials if He chose to do so. Yet, He often does not. Therefore, there must be some purpose for them, some divine reason for not sparing us these hardships. Once we begin to understand God’s purpose for these things, we will be able to stand strong through any storm of life.
James 1:1-12 issues a serious challenge to every believer. The first thing we should notice is James's assurance in verse 2 that all Christians will in fact face trials of many kinds. The author leaves no room for doubt; he alludes to "when you encounter various trials," which indicates the inevitability of such ordeals. Therefore, we should not ask how we can avoid trials–because we cannot–but rather we should ask God to show us how to deal with them when they appear.
The second thing we should notice in verse 2 is the seemingly ridiculous instruction to "count it all joy" whenever hardships assault our lives. This is a preposterous statement; trials and joy simply do not go together. Tears, discouragement, disillusionment, despair . . . these are the things that we associate with trials. But joy? James must have known that this would be a contradiction to our natural human reasoning; so, there must be an answer beyond what we perceive.
In James 1:5, in the midst of a discussion on trials, the author seems to change the subject mid-stream. He has just explained how trials produce spiritual endurance and maturity, and then he says, "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God . . . and it will be given to him."
Rather than switching topics, James is actually making a consistent argument regarding trials. In order for us to be able to "count it all joy" in the face of trials, we must view the matter from God's perspective. This is what wisdom does. Beyond simply understanding God’s reasoning, we also must actively apply that wisdom. When we do this, we become more able to evaluate people and circumstances and are thus better prepared to make sound decisions.
A primary function of wisdom is to help us discern the source of our trials. Discovering the source is very helpful in understanding God's purpose in each hardship. Sometimes, our trials come from making wrong decisions ourselves. These occasions are tough realizations because these are times when we cannot blame the problem on anyone else.
A second source of trials is the persecution of others. As we strive to live in a godly manner, Satan will begin looking for new ways to attack us. One effective assault is through other people sent to hurt, mock, or distract us.
Another uncontrollable source is the simple fact that we live in a fallen world. There are earthquakes, floods, disease, suffering, war, and hardship in the world today that cannot be prevented.
A troublesome issue for many people is that, regardless of their specific source, God allows each and every trial that we encounter. Beyond that, He sometimes sends the trials Himself. This is why James instructs believers to ask God for wisdom in the midst of their hardship. Wisdom enables us to clearly see the source of the trial, and when we know the source, we are better prepared to evaluate, handle, and grow through the specific issue.
Once we understand the source, we need wisdom to enable us to discern the purpose for the trials. In this, wisdom helps us to question the heart of God by asking, "Lord, why have you allowed this? What would you have me learn through this?"
Some people are not comfortable with the idea of asking God "why?" I assure you, though, that you will not disturb God at all by asking Him any question you wish. The fact is we need to ask Him why certain trials happen, because we want to extract as much good from our suffering as possible.
First, God allows our trials in order to test our faith. This is made perfectly clear in James 1:3, "Knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance." The word "testing" here means to be tested and found proven; that is, God is testing our faith in order to prove its strength.
Unproven, untried faith is practically worthless. How do you know what you can face in life if your faith has not been tested? First Peter 1:6-7 explains this valuable aspect, "In this you greatly rejoice . . . you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith . . . may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ."
The testing of our faith produces spiritual maturity, which leads to endurance. This enables us to withstand any assault, no matter what form the trials take. Being tested by God strengthens us so that we can face trial after trial and still endure.
Second, God allows our trials in order to test our devotion to Jesus Christ. True devotion demands that we follow Jesus faithfully, regardless of our circumstances. Will you obey Him when you do not understand why bad things are happening? Will you obey Him when things are not going your way? These things are discovered during periods of trial and testing.
Third, God allows trials in order to purify our lives. Trials have a way of putting pressure on us in the most secret parts of our being, bringing hidden sins, bad habits, and areas of neglect to the surface. These things must be dealt with in order to become the mature Christians God wants us to be.
Fourth, our trials give God an opportunity to demonstrate His sustaining power for His children in tough times. This is an amazing testimony to unbelievers, who may witness you going through a horribly difficult situation while still maintaining the peace of the Holy Spirit.
Fifth, a major purpose for our trials is to produce Christ-like character within us. Our trials reveal to us that we cannot live the Christian life apart from Him. This means that the Christian life is not made up of different "good things" that we do, but is actually Jesus Christ living in and through each one of us. This requires our total surrender to His will, so that our reactions to stress, trial, and suffering are actually His reactions lived out through our lives.
Finally, trials equip us for service in the kingdom of God for the sake of others. Second Corinthians 1:4 makes this point clear, "[God] comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." Therefore, God is using our trials to make us more useful in helping others.
By fully understanding and identifying with someone else's pain, we will be able to reach out to them in a way in which someone else may be unprepared for. The key to this type of service is simply knowing first hand what the other person is going through. If we have been through it ourselves, we will have an intimate understanding of what the hurting individual needs.
As we have seen, wisdom’s true value comes in its application. With that in mind, take a moment to review ten ways that a right understanding of God's purposes for trials might lead us to the right response.
1. We must be persuaded that God is in control of the timing and intensity of our trials.
2. We must realize that God has a specific purpose for each trial in life.
3. We must understand that each trial is designed to meet a specific need that God sees in our lives.
4. We must accept that each trial is going to result in our own good if we respond in faith.
5. We must discover how each trial can strengthen our faith by proving that we can depend on the Lord for all of our needs.
6. We must rejoice in that each trial is an opportunity for God to demonstrate His power to sustain us under tremendous pres
7. We must submit ourselves to the development of Christ-like character that results from our trials.
8. We must take advantage of our trials' usefulness in measuring our spiritual growth. For example, we may realize that we are capable of handling a powerful hardship that would have crippled us only a year or two ago. This is because our continuing trials have taught us that God will indeed empower us to prevail.
9. We must be convinced that God will walk us through every step of the trial. (Hebrews 13:5)
10. We must have faith that by His grace and the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, we will not only survive, but we will also conquer over each trial.
If you are a child of God, you have the means by which to stand firm in the face of any trial. Trust that God has a reason for your sufferings, and submit yourself to whatever He desires to teach you. The road may be rocky, but a wise response will lead you into the joy He has promised. — In Touch Ministries
The Wisdom of Men and the Wisdom of God
"Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men"
(1 Corinthians 1:25).
The cross shows the foolishness of men's wisdom, and the love and power of God's wisdom in sending his Son to die for our sins.
(1 Corinthians 1:17-31)
17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
(1 Corinthians 1:17-31)
"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally,
and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."
A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman. "I've been thinking," he said, "I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me something more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone. "
Dear Friend, maybe the Lord gave you many good gifts in your life, but still you make bad decisions because of lack of wisdom. Don't lose hope. There may be an answer you haven't considered. Ask the Lord for the gift of wisdom and trust His guidance. See things from God's perspective and do not be satisfied with the precious stone; but with something more valued than that.
"Not until we have become humble and teachable, standing in awe of God's holiness and sovereignty...
acknowledging our own littleness, distrusting our own thoughts, and willing to have our minds turned upside down, can divine wisdom become ours."
—Theologian, J. I. Packer
Wise Servants of God Must Not Be Competitors, But Co-workers!
One of the goals of the Spiritual Note is to inspire people in many areas, especially Christians. We have witnessed this and we are very pleased. One area has been that many Christians have started forwarding the Spiritual Note to the people on their email list. This has become a big blessing to them and to their friends. Over the years several others have started their own email ministries and I helped them as much as I could. One time a Christian wrote me and told me, "So and so' will become a competitor of yours." Oh, my friends, if all Christians in the world started email ministries, they would make my day and I would see that as a big blessing and not competition! It is hard to believe that a person who calls himself a Christian would think that way about another ministry. If a Christian has experienced the baptism of the Holy Spirit in his life, he must have the fruits of the Holy Spirit and not the works of the flesh--one of which is "Envy."
So often it disappoints me to see similar situations between Christians, pastors, churches and other Christian organizations. In privacy some of them talk negatively about others instead for being quiet or helping, praying and cooperating. They should be co-workers for the same cause and promoting God's Kingdom instead of their own agenda and pride. In the end, they develop trouble and God's blessings are not upon them.
Dear Friend, if you are a redeemed child of God, you must be a wise servant by helping other Christians and not by competing and promoting your own agenda. It's time for you to examine yourself and check your Christian condition, motives and actions. You must walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh. "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap." (Galatians 6:7), "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. Speak not evil one of another, brethren..." (James 4:10-11) — By Ted Matamis
"So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul;
If you have found it, there is a prospect, and your hope will not be cut off."
Sometime ago, I heard a Christian on the radio say,
"If God loved His own son He didn't have to send him to die on the cross. He became the first abusive father..."
Lord help us!
Today the world does not need this kind of theologian, but men of God who love, obey and fear Him.
A man who has the fear of the Lord and knowledge of the Holy Scriptures should never come to the point of making this kind of statement.
Teachers like this are a big problem all over. They damage the body of Christ
and confuse both new believers and unbelievers.
Instead of bringing people closer to the Lord, they pull them farther and farther from Him.
This kind of teaching comes straight from the power of darkness. So be careful of false teachers.
Live, Love, Laugh!
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine"
"The wonder of a single snowflake outweighs the wisdom of a million meteorologists." — Francis Bacon
"A wise man learns from the mistakes of others. Nobody lives long enough to make them all himself."— Anon
A Wise School Teacher
A school teacher sends this note to all parents on the first day of school:
"If you promise not to believe everything your child says happens at school, I'll promise not to believe everything he says happens at home."
The Wisdom of Children
When your dad is mad and asks you, "Do I look stupid?" Don't answer.
Never tell your Mom her diet's not working.
If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse.
Felt-tip markers are not good to use as lipstick.
Don't pick on your sister when she's holding a baseball bat.
When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your Mom when she's on the phone.
The Wisdom Of Solomon
Two women came before wise King Solomon, dragging between them a young man in a three-piece suit.
"This young CPA agreed to marry my daughter," said one.
"No! He agreed to marry MY daughter," said the other.
And so they haggled before the King, until he demanded silence.
"My sword! Bring me my biggest sword," said Solomon, "and we shall hew the young man in half. Each of you shall receive a half."
"Fine. Sounds good to me," said the first lady.
But the other woman said, "Oh Sire, do not spill innocent blood. Let this other woman's daughter marry him."
The wise king did not hesitate a moment. "Indeed, the accountant must marry the first lady's daughter," he proclaimed.
"But she was willing to hack him in two!" exclaimed the king's court.
"Precisely!" said wise King Solomon. "That shows she is the TRUE mother-in-law."
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The Wisdom of Jesus: The Secret to Unlocking Spiritual Discernment
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The Way of the Wise: Studies in the Book of Proverbs
The Implications of God's Wisdom
FOR EVERY OCCASION
"But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God,
who gives to all generously and without reproach,
and it will be given to him."
"But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure;
then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy
and good fruits, without partiality and hypocrisy."
Have a Blessed Day!