Beginning Of Wisdom

"Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path"
“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”

Wisdom is often overlooked because it comes from someone who is a bit older and more experienced. I used to define wisdom as the correct use of knowledge. While that is partially true, it is not complete.  I remember as a youngster, I sometimes resented someone with wisdom because they were “shooting down” and idea this bright young youth pastor had. I look back at the wisdom of some of those folks that I resented now and I understand clearly.  Wisdom is most definitely an excellent attribute to possess. It is also defined as “the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience.”

I came across a statement this morning that I’ve seen in the New Testament and I didn’t realize it was most likely a quote from King David. Check this out….

2 Great are the works of the Lord;

    they are pondered by all who delight in them.
3 Glorious and majestic are his deeds,

    and his righteousness endures forever.
4 He has caused his wonders to be remembered;

    the Lord is gracious and compassionate.
7 The works of his hands are faithful and just;

   all his precepts are trustworthy.
8 They are established for ever and ever,

    enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
9 He provided redemption for his people;

    he ordained his covenant forever—

    holy and awesome is his name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

    all who follow his precepts have good understanding.

    To him belongs eternal praise. (Psalm 111:2-4;7-10 NIV)

 

I realized a good while back as I was getting old, that not all older people are wise. There are older and more experienced people who simply don’t know the Lord or live their life to honor Him. It shows in their lifestyle and their attitudes. They may have some amazing experiences to draw from but if they don’t seek the Lord, I really don’t consider them wise. The Lord God is the Source of all wisdom. He built me. He wired me. He loves me. He teaches me. He lives in me. I want to run after Him. I have met a lot of very young men who figured out that running after the heart of God is actually the Source of Wisdom. These are really wise young men. I wish I knew then what I know now about the beginning of wisdom.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Relax…

Thoughtful little girlWhen I think of the word “relax” – I’m thinking of jumping off the stress bandwagon and “chillin out”. I’m thinking of floating on the lake in a boat or sitting by the lake with an evening campfire. There are all sorts of ways to relax, but they often seem so very far away. I can get something on my mind or “up in my grill” and no matter where I am, relaxing might just take extra effort.

As a follower of Jesus, I’m learning to trust Him more with the stress of my life. I simply can’t do everything or be everything that others want me to be. My goal is to honor Him above all in my relationships. If I learn to love and live out of my relationship with Him, then I become better in every relationship I have.  I love this simple passage in Psalms that sort of screamed out to me to relax. Check this out…

Many, Lord, are asking,
 “Who will bring us prosperity?”

    Let the light of your face shine on us.
7 Fill my heart with joy

    when their grain and new wine abound.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,

    for you alone, Lord,

    make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:6-8 NIV)

 

It’s hard to relax if I’m worried about keeping up with others. It’s hard to relax if I’ve set unrealistic expectations for my, my family, my friends or co-workers. I really want to be balanced in every area of my life. I want the balance of my life to come out of my journey with the Lord. I want to listen when He tells me to relax. I want to be wise about work when He’s speaking into my heart and my life. I want to grow today to trust Him more and more. As I walk out my faith journey, my work journey gets clearer and clearer as I hang out in His Presence and seek His wisdom for the journey.  I’m really pretty relaxed now and the subject matter that was on my mind first thing this morning can wait a minute because the Lord and I are going to talk extensively about it.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Discern

senior man thinkingThe word “Discern” has to do with perception and being able to recognize things from a different angle or perspective.  I think it’s connected to wisdom and knowledge.  With knowledge I can glean lots of information about multiple subjects. I think wisdom is the application of knowledge. Discernment is the layered relationship between wisdom and knowledge. Paul has a deep and genuine love for the people in the church at Philippi and it comes out in his writing. In his introductory chapter, He talks about how thankful he is for them. He then prays a powerful prayer over them. It has blessed me for years. Check this out…

9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:9-11 NIV)

 

The ability to discern between what is best for me and what is not, seems very basic. I find that no matter how old I am or how long I’ve been on the journey with the Lord, I still need discernment to make good choices. Sometimes the choices are really obvious, at other times it’s hard to know what the right thing to do. Andy Stanley has written about the subject of Wisdom and he says to always ask one question: “What is the wise thing to do?” If I ask that question of the Lord, He will provide me with wisdom and discernment. I do want to be pure and blameless today and every day. I want to be filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Christ and from Him. I want this so that others could possibly be attracted to the Lord I serve and live for.

Pressing On!
Dwayne