NOTE: Yesterday was my mother’s birthday, she would have been 79. As most of you know, yesterday I lost my dear friend Dino to cancer. I was going to tie the two into a devotional today, but felt lead to do something else. So in honor of Dino, who was a political junkie, and my mother, who always encouraged us to do our best, this morning’s devotional has a politico-socio theme.
Is that you? Do you hope in God’s Word?
Last night a young lady from our church wrote this on her Facebook page:
A young man in our Sunday school class just recently got saved; in fact I found out about it last Sunday. I was so overjoyed to know that he had become my brother in Christ. He is a quiet, humble man and to know that he has accepted Christ’s salvation is worthy of praise. I told him that he already knew enough about Jesus to witness to people. All he has to do is give his testimony of how Jesus saved him.
I was reading the proverb for the day, Proverb 19, and discovered this lovely nugget:
I received this response to yesterday’s devotional:
So what is the concrete? Where do we get this wisdom and how will we recognize the real thing? We need to know for what it is were looking. Oswald Chambers clears that up for us:
What does the Bible say about wisdom? First, it must be very important because the Bible refers to wisdom over 200 times and the Book of Proverbs defines its purpose:
Will wisdom make me seem smart to the world? Will biblical wisdom make my life easier or harder?
The deep pool of wisdom of where we are headed will make you seem to be a fool to the world. It will not make your life easier, but even though it makes your life harder, it will make it simpler. I like simple.
Wisdom is the ability to discern between right and wrong and in this postmodern world in which we live the Bible is foolishness to most. The cross is foolishness to those who are perishing Paul tells us in his first letter to the Corinthian church and a few verses later he tells them this:
We should seek wisdom not because of what it can do for us, but for what it is. King Solomon says about the value of wisdom:
I think that is the question facing each of us this morning: do I really want to swim in the deep end?
Too many Christians continue to wade in the shallow end because we cannot fathom the depth of Jesus’ forgiveness. Our memories do not allow us to let go of the guilt we feel because of our sin. We have a hard time believing that God actually forgets our sin when we are forgiven. Why is that?
On this Saturday evening, December 29, 2007, my cell phone rings at about 5:50 pm CST and I hear:
“Is this David Jeffers?”
“Yes it is.”