Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Preparing for Easter ~ Mark of Wisdom


[God...made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of Jesus. Hebrews 13:20 MSG
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore the visible evidence that identifies us as faithful followers of Jesus. Can others see Jesus in our lives? ~ Donna Oswalt]


But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? Man does not know its value, nor is it found in the land of the living . . . God understands its way, and He knows its place. For he looks to the ends of the earth, and sees under the whole heavens. . . Then He saw wisdom and declared it; He prepared it, indeed, He searched it out. And to man He said, “Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding. Job 28:13,23-24, 27-28 NKJV


What is wisdom, and where do we find it? Job seeks the answer to this question in the middle of his chaos. As he explores the power of God, Job explains that the source of wisdom is God! Only God understands its way. In Proverbs 8 we read The LORD possessed me [Wisdom] at the beginning of His work, the first of His acts of old…before the beginning of the earth. . . when He marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was there beside Him, like a master workman. God’s wisdom exceeds the depths and heights of our understanding. This awe is the beginning of wisdom, an attribute of God and a spiritual gift from God (Ephesians 1:17).

While wisdom is part intellect and part experience, God’s wisdom contrasts the world’s wisdom. God’s wisdom is divine in nature and marks the life of His disciple. In the world, wisdom misuses knowledge for personal gain ~ with jealousy, selfish ambition, and lies. God’s wisdom is pure, full of peace, gentleness and mercy, producing good fruit and sincerity (James 3:13-18). Divine Wisdom marks the follower of Christ with service to God, discernment, and humility. This how the world knows Christians are different. When the world watches, do you blend or look different?
  • Read Proverbs 8; identify the characteristics of Wisdom. 
  • Examine your walk; do you live Gods wisdom?

LORD, pour Wisdom over me, giving me greater insight into those around me. Increase my patience and peace. Only with You can I find true wisdom. – dho

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