Witness Him Now
Because we were challenged to read a chapter of Proverbs each day, I have to talk about wisdom. We all NEED wisdom in the coming days. Matthew 11:19 says that "Wisdom is shown to be right by its results." Think on that one for a while. What are the RESULTS of the choices that we have been making. Hum. When we get the right result, we can say, "That was a wise decision." But when the results are not what we wanted, we might say, "That was not wise."
So we need to know what wisdom is and what understanding is. Many times in the Bible I find that the definition of wisdom is "The Fear of the LORD." OK. Eyes on Jesus. Heart wide open. We need to know that God is going to do what He says He is going to do. But most of us don't know what God says, so it is kind of hard to have wisdom. We have to open our Bibles and our hearts for wisdom to enter. If we don't do both of these things, we will not make wise choices. We can't because wisdom is to fear God. But many of us are opening our Bible and our heart to God, and it feels like God is still far away. I want to share with you what understanding means. This rocked my world.
And this is what He (God) says to all humanity: "The fear of the LORD is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding." (Job 28:28) WHAT?!?! We cannot understand what God is saying if we don't depart from evil. Sweet Jesus! No wonder it is not working. But for me, I could not see my sin. When I read 1 John 1:8-10, "If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that His word has no place in our hearts." WHAT?!?! I could not see my sin. But according to this passage, if I said I have no sin, I am calling God a liar and showing that His word has no place in my heart. Oh my goodness! But I could not see!
It was not until God gave me the Parable of the Raccoon that my eyes were opened. With this parable God gave me two scriptures that rocked my world. "The work of righteousness is peace." And, "There is no peace for the wicked." Oh my goodness! Our heart is a barometer that shows us if we are right with God or not. If we have peace, we are good to go, but if we don't, there is something wicked inside of us that God wants to heal. If you will go to my website and follow my teachings, you will find that everything is about what we believe. If we believe the truth, we are righteous and peace enters our heart, but if we are believing a lie, we are wicked and we have no peace.
OK, I am not going to go there. I want to stay focused on WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING. Because my heart was not at rest and peace, I knew there was something wicked inside of me. I turned to God and asked Him what it was, and He showed me: selfish ambition and pride and judgment and caring what people think. Once I saw my sin, I turned to God and said, "I am guilty." He in turn said, "No daughter, you are forgiven." Anxieties left and peace entered. Then SOMETHING AMAZING BEGAN TO HAPPEN! I started to understand what God was saying. The wisdom and understanding that had been hidden for ages and generations was at my fingertips. Oh my goodness! I could see it and taste it and touch it. Light. Truth. Wisdom. Understanding. Counsel. Might. Fear of the LORD. Knowledge. It was all there.
Now, I look all around me. I am blessed. Everything I touch is blessed. "Wisdom is shown to be right by its results." Wisdom has entered my heart and so has understanding, and I can see the fruit of both. God wants to bless His children. He is just waiting for us to come to Him so that He can.
So I want to throw something out at you. Hebrews 12:7 NIV says, "Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as His children. For what children are not disciplined by their Father." "God's discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in His holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening - it is painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way." (Hebrews 12:10-11) Pay attention to what is happening. God wants to give us wisdom and understanding, and wisdom is shown to be right by its results.
If you want wisdom, face Jesus and open your heart wide. "Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry our for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the LORD grants wisdom. From His mouth come knowledge and understanding." (Proverbs 2:2-6) God is waiting for us to come to Him and ask. He is poised to give us all the treasures He has stored for us in heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.
PS . Can I just say that I was just scrolling down facebook reading with this post in mind. There is a lot that has been happening lately. Babies that are sick. That is the hardest. I just want you to know that God has a big plan in it all. It is our heart that He is after. He is saying, "Trust Me." Anyone who trusts in God will ever be put to shame. We may or may not get what we want on this earth, but I can tell you the truth every hard circumstance will turn our hearts toward the only One who can save, deliver, and heal. Once we let go of trying to control the situation and begin to praise the One who is in control of all situations, peace will enter and God's hand will be loosed to do whatever He wants to do in our heart. So my prayer today is for those who are watching people they love suffer. I am asking God that You will strengthen them in their inner man by Your Holy Spirit. Root them and ground them in faith and in love. Wrap Your unfailing love around them and hold them close. Pour out on them the oil of joy for mourning and a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Save. Deliver. Heal. Set Free. Let them lay down their burdens. Let them take up Your yoke, for Your burden is easy and Your yoke is light. Help them right now to know how much You love them. Help them to feel the bigness of that love, the strength of that love, the hope of that love. Breathe life, LORD. Breathe health. Breathe hope. I ask this in the mighty name of Jesus. AMEN
The scripture says, "May you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers."