5.12.2011

Devotional_Thoughts
Life Skills
Proverbs 12:1   "Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid."
These are the words of the wise King Solomon.  The Bible says that God came to Solomon in a dream and asked "What shall I give you."   Solomon replied "give to your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil."  Because his request pleased God,  Solomon was given greater wisdom than anyone before or after him, except Jesus Himself. (1 Kings chapter 3)  The Bible teaches that all wisdom, all understanding, all truth, are of God and from God.  God is the source of all good, and every good thing. (James 1:17)  James also writes in his letter to the churches that "if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him."  What an amazing promise!!  Can you imagine that God will give us the ability to discern between good and evil?   This is the free gift of God that comes by grace through faith in Jesus Messiah.
With all this wisdom and knowledge available to us so freely, why then all the suffering?  Why then is there so much sorrow and pain?  Where is the display of power that the Lord gave His people?  I believe the answer is given throughout the Word of God.  The prophet Isaiah writes in chapter 53 verse 6 "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid upon Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all."   The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 1:18  "for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness."  You see, beloved,  even though God has freely given us all things through faith in Christ, the mainstream has rejected both Him and the Gift of Salvation.  Even many believers are duped by the enemy into living according to the desires of the flesh, which the Word of God proves to be displeasing to Him.  I stand with Joshua as he proclaims "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24;15)  and I have the desire of King Solomon to have an understanding heart, one that can discern between good and evil.  If you are living life by man's wisdom I want to encourage you to repent and turn to God, the Author of life, to find His wisdom, His grace, and His strength to help in time of trouble.
Prayer for today "Lord Jesus, open the eyes of my heart to hear and receive Your Way, Your Truth, and Your Life today."  Amen
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