Wisdom

 

wisdom, stupidity road signI do want wisdom. I’ve become a veracious reader recently. I feel like I’m growing and learning. I love learning and growing. One of these days, I will become wise! I think wisdom is acquired by learning AND experience. I believe older people are often wise because of their experience. I have seen older, experienced people who make unwise decisions. I’ve also seek young people who are “wise beyond their years”. They are learning, growing and gathering data to avoid many of the pitfalls their peers are experiencing. Many wise young people have wise parents and other adults pouring into them.

I love the story of the wise men coming to seek out Jesus. They felt called or compelled to come see this baby king. They were not secretive about seeking Him. In fact, King Herod became interested too – obviously for different reasons than them. Check this out…

Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”

After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

12 When it was time to leave, they returned to their own country by another route, for God had warned them in a dream not to return to Herod. (Matthew 2:7-12 NLT)

I think it would have been so cool to witness this visit from the wise men. These wise men were worshippers. They were gift givers too. Their posture reflected their heart. I would be wise to be a worshipper of the King. I would be wise for my posture before Him to reflect my heart. I would also be wise to be a gift giver too! He wants my heart before any of my gifts. He wants my obedience before any of my gifts. He wants to change my life from deep within. Worship is personal. Worship is intimate. Worship is genuine. There is great wisdom to be found in worshippers of God. People with a long-term relationship with the Lord have profound respect for all that He has done and is doing in their lives. They can’t keep from worshipping. They have such gratitude in their heart, they are compelled to worship. I can worship through giving. I can worship through a surrendered heart. I can worship through a song. I can worship through obedience. I can worship through work. I’m wise to worship the God Who gave me life!

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Additional Offerings

 

MoreAs I’ve read through the books of the law in the Old Testament, I’ve gotten a bit weary trying to understand all the offering requirements of God’s people. They were moving a million plus people around the desert for 40 years and they had some very detailed rituals that they were to be part of each day. It’s been hard for me to wrap my head around all of this. Most of the requirements were upon the priests and the Levite family. This morning I came across a passage that described the daily offerings, the Sabbath offerings as well as a few annual gatherings. The Lord was very specific in what He expected during the daily offerings as well as special events. The Passover was a big event commemorating the departure from Egypt as the Lord issued the final plague onto the Egyptians. The Israelites were “passed over” and the feast of the Passover was a reminder of God rescuing them from the Egyptians. Check this out…

23 Offer these in addition to the regular morning burnt offering. 24 In this way present the food offering every day for seven days as an aroma pleasing to the Lord; it is to be offered in addition to the regular burnt offering and its drink offering. 25 On the seventh day hold a sacred assembly and do not do any ordinary work. (Numbers 28:23-25 NIV)

Although I read this account and get weary thinking about all the work they participated in for these special events, I do realize that the people had to have a heart a deep gratitude as the Lord saved them. He also dwelled among them. As I reflect on the Lord’s Presence in me, I don’t get tired of thanking Him or worshipping Him. My gratitude is deep and profound to the Lord for saving me from sin that can destroy me.

These special offerings like the Passover were always in addition to their regular offerings. I think it’s worth noting that the Lord instituted daily rituals as well as special occasion rituals for His people. This tells me that my daily journey is great, but sometimes I need to do things or be part of things “in addition” to my daily commitments.

At the end of the day, I could never give God too much. I could never out give Him. I could never do enough for Him to compare with what He’s done for me. It’s a true privilege to give to Him and serve Him. I should never get comfortable and complacent with my offerings. I owe Him all of me – my whole life belongs to Him. The Lord is living vicariously through me because I’ve given Him total access to my life. That’s not just an additional offering – it’s all I have and all I’ve got. It’s all His – I’m just the manager of His resources.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Gifted

 

Songwriter with a guitarI have had the privilege of being around gifted musicians over the years. There is no other explanation as to how they picked up a musical instrument and learned so fast. I remember picking up a guitar very early on and learning to play 3 simple chords. I later realized that I could hear where the song was going and what chord was coming next. I didn’t understand why others couldn’t “hear” that. My family heritage has a lot of music gifting along the way. I was just remembering the other day a lady that I went to college with who had perfect pitch. She could hear a song and tell you what key it was in. She could hear a note on a piano and tell you what note it was. That is a gift. I had the privilege, just last night, of hearing a new song that my daughter is working on- songwriting is a gift.

The Lord had given Moses some detailed instructions on what he and the people were to build for the tabernacle. He had quite a list including the alter of incense, lampstand, table, utensils, and many more items. The Lord then revealed how it was to get finished. Check this out…

1Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 ‘See I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills – 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.(Exodus 31:1-5 NIV)

There is a huge difference in giftedness and skill set. I believe giftedness is from Creator God and skills can be learned. I believe that anyone who set their mind to it could learn to play the guitar, but I also believe that some people have special giftedness that catapults them ahead of others. They know things about music that they don’t know they know.

The Lord had gifted and chosen this man Bezalel to being the designer and gave him understanding how to do all the work for the tabernacle. I think it’s so cool that the first gift is being filled with the Spirit of God. I love seeing God’s hand at work in others. I love hearing a song that The Spirit of God gave someone to share. I remember writing a song in my living room years ago that was really a simple worship song from my heart to sing before the Lord.

I also believe that the Lord provides opportunity for me to learn new skills and sometimes these skills are complimented by my giftedness. Sometimes these new skills have little to do with my giftedness. I believe the Lord provides both the ability to learn a new skill and the ability to discover my giftedness. I believe that everyone who’s alive has a gift from God. He will help discover the gift and also direct the proper use of the gift. I also believe that Jesus was a gift to the world. Because of Jesus, we all have the opportunity to have the gift of an abundant life now and eternal life later.

Pressing On!

Dwayne