Seeking God’s Wisdom

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The text used for this poem is based upon Proverbs Chapter 10, with the 10th verse taking center stage:  “The wise lay up knowledge, but the babbling of a fool brings ruin.”

Seek God’s wisdom

His words bring wealth

 

A benevolent father

Welcomes a wise child

 

Virtue always delivers

Never going hungry

 

The judicious of heart

Follow the Commandments

 

Always walk in integrity

Makes for a secure life

 

Boldly call out trouble

Brings peace to life

 

Use righteous words

Build a fountain of life

 

Hate stirs up trouble

Love heals our offenses

 

Crave absorbing wisdom

Ignore a blathering fool

 

Lead a honorable life

Shun sinful behaviors

 

Be prudent when speaking

Use a blameless tongue

 

Seek the Lord’s blessings

Come in reverent prayer

 

Follow our heavenly Father

His stronghold protects us

 

 

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“Will You Lay Down Your Life?”

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Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends….I have called you friends…  John 15:13, 15

Jesus does not ask me to die for Him, but to lay down my life for Him. Peter said to the Lord, “I will lay down my life for Your sake,” and he meant it (John 13:37). He had a magnificent sense of the heroic. For us to be incapable of making this same statement Peter made would be a bad thing— our sense of duty is only fully realized through our sense of heroism. Has the Lord ever asked you, “Will you lay down your life for My sake?” (John 13:38). It is much easier to die than to lay down your life day in and day out with the sense of the high calling of God. We are not made for the bright-shining moments of life, but we have to walk in the light of them in our everyday ways. There was only one bright-shining moment in the life of Jesus, and that was on the Mount of Transfiguration. It was there that He emptied Himself of His glory for the second time, and then came down into the demon-possessed valley (seeMark 9:1-29). For thirty-three years Jesus laid down His life to do the will of His Father. “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16). Yet it is contrary to our human nature to do so.

If I am a friend of Jesus, I must deliberately and carefully lay down my life for Him. It is a difficult thing to do, and thank God that it is. Salvation is easy for us, because it cost God so much. But the exhibiting of salvation in my life is difficult. God saves a person, fills him with the Holy Spirit, and then says, in effect, “Now you work it out in your life, and be faithful to Me, even though the nature of everything around you is to cause you to be unfaithful.” And Jesus says to us, “…I have called you friends….” Remain faithful to your Friend, and remember that His honor is at stake in your bodily life. From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition

Bible in One Year: Nehemiah 4-6; Acts 2:22-47

 

WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS

Wherever the providence of God may dump us down, in a slum, in a shop, in the desert, we have to labour along the line of His direction. Never allow this thought—“I am of no use where I am,” because you certainly can be of no use where you are not! Wherever He has engineered your circumstances, pray.

from So Send I You, 1325 L