Wednesday, September 24, 2008

wisdom's appeal

In starting on Proverbs in The Bible Experience, I'm struck by the clear appeal and warning of wisdom to humankind. It speaks in a way which is the mark of wisdom, so that we need to take heed to wisdom's words here, and also wisdom's manner.

In the same way wisdom speaks in Proverbs we need to learn to speak to others. Appealing to them as human beings who can choose, trying to persuade them, and also warning them of the consequences of not heeding God's voice.

Of course we must first be committed to this wisdom to become a part of our lives before we attempt to help others. We must affirm wisdom personally before God and in our lives. Then we can seek to affirm it when opportunities present themselves, in timely and helpful fashion to those around us.

Being in Proverbs today for me was like being in the most refreshing water spot you can imagine in a desert. Maybe I wasn't quite that parched and dry, but I do think my being was welcoming the word of wisdom to my heart and mind and life.

We're to embrace wisdom; to love it and in return know its love. Not an easy calling since we're so prone to wander to our own devices, which are not in line with wisdom.

Jesus is said to be our wisdom from God, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom. In him we can set ourselves towards wisdom, and the way of wisdom. We can be led by wisdom's gentle yet firm and sometimes disciplining hand. Or we can turn our backs on it to foolishness, and thus get our own way down the highway to destruction. Proverbs minces no words for us there. There are just two ways: the way of life and the way of death. Let us choose and persevere on the way in Jesus, and truly know the wisdom that gives life.

What would you like to add here?


Crowm said...

I may have missed it before Ted but tell me about The Bible Experience.

I love Proverbs as well (especially 3:5-6). Also I kept waiting for something about Sophia being a woman in a cave (remember The Shack?).

God is good and we do good to recognize wisdom comes from Him alone.


preacherman said...

I totally agree with you Ted. I think that many Christians miss out on the wisdom that God provides. It is a richest wisdom with supernatural and spiritual benefits. It is my desire to grow more and more in the knowledge and wisdom of God. I think it should be important to church leaders to encourage their congregations to read and study the Proverbs daily. Worldly wisdom is temporal but Godly wisdom is eternal.
I hope you have a wonderful week brother.
Thanks again for this great message for us.

-bill said...

Having been in Proverbs over the last few days in my daily Bible reading, I've been struck by similar thoughts. I've also been struck by how many mistakes I make along the way that are warned about in Proverbs. At first, I wished I could memorize all of the proverbs...then I thought about James 1:5..."If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, ho gives generously to all without findaing fault, and it will be given to him."

Shall we pray?

Bill Williams

Martin Stickland said...

Just had coffee and biccies! lovely!

Hope you are fine and dandy Ted!


Ted M. Gossard said...

Mike, It's a great dramatization using the words of the TNIV done by African Americans, many of them actors, and Christians. I like it alot, overall. Deb likes it better than the readings of Scripture I used to listen to, in fact she likes it, period. I borrow it from our public library system here, and may someday purchase it. There are some things about it I may not quite like, but the strengths for me far outweigh that.


Ted M. Gossard said...

Thanks. Yes, I need to be in them more regularly myself.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Amen, Bill, amen!

Ted M. Gossard said...

Good to hear from you. My blogging is bad lately. I barely exist much less do anything much. Just kidding.

Keep up the good humor over there on your blog.