June 21 – Today’s Readings – 2Kings 24-25 and Proverbs 21
In re-reading the book of Proverbs this time I was once again taken by the number of times “receiving instruction” is mentioned. Much repetition means only one thing – The Lord is definitely trying to be emphatic about this. According to Scripture, if you are intelligent – wise – sensible – knowledgeable – etc., you will be excited to receive instruction and apply it to your life. The question is – What kind of instruction should we receive – and from what source? The most obvious answer to this question is that we receive instruction from the Holy Spirit, but if so, then through which “delivery vehicle” do we receive this mentoring?
God’s instruction comes to us through parents, elders, elders of the Church, spouses, friends, brothers and sisters, the written Word, the spoken Word, our conscience, etc. The real question is not whether the Lord is able to communicate with us through these means but whether we are humble and open enough to hear and put into practice that which The Lord is leading us to do.
Why is it that Christians sometimes make such horrendous mistakes in life? Though God’s voice can be heard loud and clear, Christians tend to IGNORE the Great Counselor and the instruction the Lord give us at the hands of the wise. The very thing that ought to define a Christian (hearing from God and doing God’s bidding) has become a scarce commodity. The solution starts with you and I. Get advice – Godly advice and don’t ignore what you hear from the voice of God. You will immediately reap the benefits of Wisdom. “Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:5-7)
It has been said many times (by people over the age of 50), “If only I had the wisdom I’ve learned over the years but the energy I had when I was eighteen.” The truth is that Wisdom is available to any of us at any age if we will be open enough to listen to instruction. We must chase after it however. Let us not be like the foolish who dread or are too proud to ask for input and receive correction, and then cop “an attitude” when they are instructed. Rather, we should be like sponges, soaking up all that we can from those whose walk and heart make them examples for us to follow. We need to drink deeply of the principles of the Word of God so as to not stray from the path of life and from the will of the Father in our lives. If we gain wisdom, we will also gain real riches in Christ, for the wisest thing any man could ever do is to receive Jesus and walk closely with Him all the days of his life.
1. How is it that wisdom seems like such a simple thing to attain if you follow Jesus – yet so few seem to walk in it?
2. Give examples of other “wise” people (Bible or otherwise) – how did they attain wisdom?