“But where can wisdom be found? Where does understanding dwell? Man does not comprehend its worth; it cannot be found in the land of the living.” Job 28: 12-13
Man understands on his level. His wisdom is his own. Many well-intentioned people will offer you guidance and wisdom during your trials and tribulations. Although they mean well, their understanding is limited. Much like the advice offered to the suffering Job by his friends Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar and Elihu, human wisdom cannot provide complete answers or comfort. Only God is able to provide us with the endurance, strength, discernment, and peace needed to persevere through life’s inevitable troubles. We don’t have to always reject a sincere friend’s guidance, but the only truth we should accept is God’s. Turn to Him now.
May the Lord be with you.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverb 3:5-6
Trials can help us grow, but they can also make us hard-hearted and stubborn if we are not careful. Past hurts and disappointments can make us view people and situations with suspicion rather than with love and gratitude. They can make us think every kind act has an ulterior motive and every “I love you,” is insincere. While we should not count out our ability to reason or think carefully, we should not lean to our own understanding. That kind act may have been prompted by God to encourage you. That “I love you,” may have come straight from the Lord because He knows you really need to hear it now. Don’t place your trust in your past or hold on tightly to prior hardships. Our experiences are not the source or our wisdom. God is. Place your trust in Him.
May the Lord be with you.
“The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone; the Lord has done this and it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:22-24
Psalm 118:24 is part of today’s suggested reading from Our Daily Bread. It is a very popular verse and is repeated often. However, the preceding verses are provided so that the complete thought is presented. So many times, oft-repeated verses become part of our vocabulary. We can recite them at will, but we cannot have a true understanding of them unless we read and study the context in which they were written.
Jesus, Himself, referred to Psalm 118:22-23 (Matthew 21:42; Mark 12-10-11; Luke 20:17) as he told the parable of the evil farmers to the religious leaders. Jesus is the rejected stone that became the capstone. The capstone is the center stone in the top of an arch, holding the whole arch together. The One who was rejected by His people is now the Center of the church. Yes, the lord has done this and it is marvelous in our eyes. So let’s acknowledge this day, the day the Lord has made. We should rejoice and be glad in it!
This, of course, can applied to our daily living as well. There are days when the last thing we feel like doing is rejoicing. Go before God and tell Him (although nothing is hidden from Him). By the end of your “talk” with Him you may find the will to praise in light of your circumstances. And that will is God. He has given us this day to live and serve Him. For that, we can be always be glad.
May the Lord bless you today and always.
“For wisdom will enter your heart,and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.” Proverbs 2:10-11
The June 21, 2010 Our Daily Bread devotional centers on wisdom and discernment. The suggested reading for the devotional is Proverbs 2: 6-20. This chapter in Proverbs exhorts us to pray for and develop wisdom and discernment in our lives. After reading the selection in my Life Application Study Bible, I reviewed the notes that clarify certain verses. In the notes for vv 16-17, the Life Application Bible defines what an adulteress is and explains that two of the most difficult sins to overcome is pride and sexual immorality.
One sentence in the clarifying notes on these verses, stood out to me: Pride appeals to the empty head; sexual enticement to the empty heart. The statement about pride convicted me. One definition of pride is a a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit or superiority whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc. In one of my previous postings, I shared my current employment situation. Despite management’s attempts to make me comfortable and include me in decision-making, I have held on to the feeling that they are doing so with ulterior motives. I have been feeling that I deserve more for the time I have given them these past years. I have been distrusting because of my past experiences with corporate takeovers and layoffs. I have written and re-written my resignation letter. Long story short, I have been making myself miserable. My position may very well end; but being bitter won’t change it. In fact, my bitterness and pride may very well be keeping me from my blessings. I need to stop leaning to my own understanding and pray for wisdom and discernment. And stop being so empty-headed!
Is there an area of your life where you, too, are being empty-headed? Take a moment to pray over your situation. Our understanding is limited, God’s vision is everlasting. Don’t let your pride keep you from God’s blessings.
May the Lord continue to watch over you and keep you.