Lynn asks some great questions that I've broken down in sections to answer.
2) to exert one's self, endeavour, give diligence
a) free from censure, irreproachable
b) free from vice, unsullied
a) exemption from the rage and havoc of war
2) peace between individuals, i.e. harmony, concord
3) security, safety, prosperity, felicity, (because peace and harmony make and keep things safe and prosperous)
4) of the Messiah's peace
a) the way that leads to peace (salvation)
5) of Christianity, the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is
6) the blessed state of devout and upright men after death
Don't listen when the world says, "You're being self-righteous and sanctimonious. Who do you think you are?" Well, kind of listen. Tell them you're not perfect and that's the point! What would be the point in making the effort to be found spotless and blameless and at peace with God in preparation for eternity with Him if you were already spotless and blameless? No point at all.
God's wisdom has also taught me not to become Vashti and refuse to hob-nob with others who are pursuing worldly gain. You never know what opportunities you might miss to witness to them and what example you might be to them. You also never know what you can learn from them. People will surprise you. I had a guy stop in my office a while back that I didn't know a thing about and ended up learning that I will meet this man in Heaven one day. He asked me to pray for him. Why? I mean, why me? Because he saw me reading a book by Charles Swindoll and recognized Moses from the Bible. He figured if I was reading it that it was a safe bet to stop in and unload. And it was. I had passed him in the hall maybe twice in probably 5 years of him working in our building. It's a big building. But the Lord crossed our paths and I saw his need and prayed with him and for him. I still do and a while since I've seen him. But if I see him tomorrow and he asks if I'm still lifting him up I can say, "Yes, brother." That's what I call him because I cannot remember his name. It's the age thing, I think. Anyway, my point was that I never would have learned that he was a Christian and that he would teach me the power of persistent prayer (he asks me every time I see him, whether it's weeks, months or days between sightings) if I thought I was running my race on a path higher than everyone elses.
I remind myself, make the effort to be blameless, spotless and at peace with God and say no to the world. God's wisdom has said not to cut myself off from the world because this is where God has put me. Right here right now is where He has me and I don't want to miss His purpose in it. I will never focus so much on leading my life that I don't lead others to Christ. I just won't do it.
And I thank God for that wisdom.
God's wisdom has led me to be led by Him and His Word, not by my emotions. I am still learning this every day.
Wisdom, or a form thereof, is mentioned in the NIV 215 times and 222 times in the KJV. That's alot of wisdom!
No doubt you'll read many verses on wisdom today, so I'm going to share only one. My personal favorite. It's my favorite one because God is so faithful to answer our prayers. He is so generous and loving. He'll provide us with what we need to know.
The Greek word for wisdom here is sophia. It means:
1) wisdom, broad and full of intelligence; used of the knowledge of very diverse matters
a) the wisdom which belongs to men
1) spec. the varied knowledge of things human and divine, acquired by acuteness and experience, and summed up in maxims and proverbs
2) the science and learning
3) the act of interpreting dreams and always giving the sagest advice
4) the intelligence evinced in discovering the meaning of some mysterious number or vision
5) skill in the management of affairs
6) devout and proper prudence in intercourse with men not disciples of Christ, skill and discretion in imparting Christian truth
7) the knowledge and practice of the requisites for godly and upright living
b) supreme intelligence, such as belongs to God
1) to Christ
2) the wisdom of God as evinced in forming and executing counsels in the formation and government of the world and the scriptures
It's a wisdom given generously by God. And always in His timing. It's not an instant thing, at least in my case. I'm still praying over wisdom regarding a situation I just don't know what in the world to do about and I have been praying that prayer for about two weeks. But when the time comes, God will grant me wisdom in just the way I need it.
Wrapping it Up
I'm so thankful for wisdom. I have learned much from the wisdom of others and hope to pass down what I have learned from them and from God to those God has blessed me with in my life.
Questions for Reflection: Are you seeking God's wisdom about something right now? Are you making an effort to live a life that is spotless, blameless and at peace with God? If not, why not?
Verse for the Day: "But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him." ~ 2 Peter 3:13-14 (NIV)
Prayer: Father God, thank You for the wisdom You have given us thus far. Keep our hearts and minds focused on You to receive what You so generously have to offer. Help us to make the effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with You, preparing our hearts for the new Heaven and the new Earth. What a wonderful homecoming it will be! I can't wait! In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen.
W - Wisely seek God's will for your life. "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails." ~ Proverbs 19:21 (NIV)
I - Intentionally spend time in the Word of God. "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." ~ Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
S - Show your wisdom by being obedient to the commands of God. "Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him." ~ John 14:21 (NIV)
D - Determine to remain humble in your wisdom. "The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor." ~ Proverbs 15:33 (NIV)
O - Offer good characteristics with wisdom. "But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere." ~ James 3:17 (NIV)
M - Maintain a healthy fear of the Lord. "The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous." ~ Psalm 19:19 (NIV)
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