Step 7: Learn Spiritual Wisdom
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all. (James 1:5)
A: Discovering the Truth
B. Exploring the Truth
We are wise once we begin to realize that the wisdom, scholarship and philosophy that the world affords are foolishness in the eyes of God. Leaning on our own understanding, which is frequently based upon these things, can lead us down crooked paths or detour us altogether. But trusting in God and acknowledging that His wisdom and guidance Continue reading “Learn Spiritual Wisdom”
Deuteronomy 16:17 – No man should appear before the Lord empty-handed. Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the Lord has blessed you. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We all have an obligation to give back to the Lord from what He has blessed us with. We should not do this grudgingly, because all we have is from Him to begin with.
My Advice – Always remember where your success and prosperity is from, and give back to God. Be generous because He has been generous to you.
Deuteronomy 6:6, 7 – These commandments that that I give to you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – We usually find time to talk about the great movie we just saw, the incredible sporting event we just witnessed, or whatever the latest gossip is. We should be more eager to talk about God’s word. Movies are forgotten, sports teams rise and fall and gossip is discredited. God’s Word stands forever.
My Advice – Make God’s Word a priority in your life. Make time to read it, study it and meditate on it. Apply it to whatever circumstance you are facing at the time. You may be surprised to find out just how relevant His Word is to the very situation you are facing.
All About Eve
“Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of…” (Genesis 3:20, NIV)
Not long after Eileen and I started dating, my mom called me aside one evening with some information that she thought I should know. Eileen’s mom had confided to my mom that Eileen was diabetic. Eileen had not yet worked up the nerve to tell me herself, but my mom thought I should know it in case some diabetic complications were to occur while Eileen and I were out on a date.
At that time I knew of diabetes but not much about diabetes. So I decided that I needed to learn a little more. Continue reading “All About Eve”
When God Seems Distant
Deuteronomy 4:29 – But if you seek the Lord your God, you will find Him if you look for Him with all your heart and with all your soul. (NIV 1978)
My Musing – When we cannot seem to find God, it is not because He is distant or making things difficult. We may simply have not sought Him as earnestly and as diligently as we should.
My Advice – God will seem distant to you at times. It will never be because He has moved away from you. Perhaps you have moved away from Him? Or perhaps you are not sincere enough in your seeking (seeking with wrong motives or a wrong attitude)? At such a time it is good to assess your relationship. Like the prodigal son’s father, He will be looking for your return.
Deuteronomy 4:2 – “Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – It sometimes seems that God’s commands would be so much better if we cut a little here or added a little there. God’s laws are there for a reason. Our changing them (or reinterpreting them) may suit our fancy but they will not change the truth.
My Advice – When you find yourself wanting to add to, subtract from or otherwise tinker with God’s clear directives, always ask yourself why? The answer is not because God’s laws are wrong or outdated. Usually it is because we want to justify ourselves. It seems to us that it is easier to modify the standard than it is to modify our behavior.
The Blame Game
Take a look at the today’s “amusing” cartoon. Ever had that experience. Dumb computer, it cannot possibly be my fault could it?
In reality, this is just a new spin on a very old problem. Take these for example: (all from NIV 1984). Continue reading “The Blame Game”