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The Good Sense of Wisdom
By: L. Adams
“If you really want to gain knowledge,
you have to begin by having respect for the Lord. But foolish people hate
wisdom and training.” (Proverbs 1:7, NIRV)
The Hebrew word used here for fear
suggests reverence and awe. A person seeking wisdom is willing to bow down to
God simply because of the awe and respect they feel for Him. This phrase also
suggests total dependence on God.
I am reminded of my relationship with my
earthly father. My Daddy was a wonderful man whom I loved with all my heart and
respected so much. He was the perfect example of a godly father. Highly
respected in our community, he was a fair and wise man. Yet I knew my
boundaries with him. I had a proper fear of him. Not the kind born of bad
experience (unless you would call the holy discipline of spanking ‘bad’), but
rather awe and respect for him. I loved him with all my heart and desired to
please him. This is the ‘fear’ of which the Bible speaks.
Our culture does not teach this kind of
fear or respect, therefore, it is a concept many people do not fully
understand. Respect means that I trust the other person and esteem them, or
hold them in high regard. It also means that I am willing to be submissive to
another person. Oh yes, the 'S' word--submit. To respect another causes one to
desire to please that person and perhaps even emulate them.
As Proverbs 1:7 tells us, a
fool does not feel the need to respect God and therefore lacks the wisdom and
knowledge that comes only from God. In fact, the fool chooses to go the
opposite direction from wisdom.
I like this quote from Walter Lippman:
"It requires wisdom to understand
wisdom: the music is nothing if the audience is deaf."
The fool is like a deaf audience. He has
no way to gain wisdom because he doesn’t understand or respect the way to
wisdom, which is the Lord. The fool refuses to submit to God because he doesn't
When I fear the Lord and walk before Him
in respect, He makes me so much wiser than I should be. Really, I am a blonde
underneath the Miss Clairol on my head, so sometimes I am stunned by the wisdom
that God gives me.
I don’t want to be a fool!
How about you?
Let’s learn to respect, trust and submit
to God in order to get a dose of WISDOM.
By: D. Delay Our family enjoys the fun andrefreshment of water slides and lazy rivers during hot summer vacations. At
most water parks, there are also one or two spots where large buckets hang overhead
filling little by little with water. The closer the bucket gets to being full,
the larger the crowd grows beneath in anticipation—children and adults alike
wait for the outpouring. Then SUDDENLY the bucket tips and a great flood of
refreshment crashes down on all below! In the Book of Revelation, the Bible
describes golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints
(Revelation 5:8). In other words, the prayers of God's people collectively fill
heavenly bowls with sweet aroma, much like the burnt offerings did in days of
old. In Revelation 8,
we discover what these bowls are used for: "Then another angel, having a
golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he
should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden alter w…