Topic: The Most Needful Thing — Monday 2, October 2017.
Read: Proverbs 4:5-9 (KJV)
5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
Bible in One Year: Romans 7-8, Daniel 2:17-30, Hymn: Sing Hymn 9 – On The Hill Far Away
King Solomon is considered to be the wisest king that ever lived. How
did he become so wise? When God gave Him a blank cheque to ask for
anything, in 1 King 3:9, he said:
“Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy
people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to
judge this thy so great a people?”
consider inconsequential: wisdom. Solomon feared that he might misrule
God’s people and thereby incur God’s wrath, and so he asked God for
wisdom. Indeed, in Proverbs 9:10, he later wrote:
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
It is unfortunate to discover that even among some children of God
today, the fear of the Lord is greatly absent. This accounts for the
level of character erosion that is being witnessed in the Church, so
much so that even pastors are being caught in various acts of sin, such
as sexual immorality. Joseph was repeatedly tempted and pressured to
commit sexual immorality, but he vehemently refused to indulge in it,
despite the fact that it was offered to him on a platter of gold. The
Bible in Genesis 39:8-9 gives this account of Joseph’s steadfastness:
“8 But he refused, and
said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with
me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; 9
There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back
any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do
this great wickedness, and sin against God?”
If you ask me what kept Joseph away from this sexual immorality, I will
tell you that it was wisdom, brought about by the fear of the Lord. How I
wish all of God’s children would embrace the fear of God, so that they
can begin to live in wisdom. It is wisdom to run away from sin, because
the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).
A foolish fellow would say, “Death will come one day all the same.”
Such a fellow fails to consider untimely death like the one that took
Absalom away (2 Samuel 18:10-17), the agony of death that comes as a result of sin, and the eternal death in the Lake of Fire. Revelations 21:8 speaks of the Lake of Fire in these words:
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers,
and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall
have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which
is the second death.”
For this reason, our Bible reading strongly recommends that we get
wisdom. The question is, where can we get wisdom? It is from the word of
God (2 Timothy 3:15). Beloved, seek godly wisdom and don’t be lawless
in the name of grace, because grace does not indulge in lawlessness.
Prayer Point: Father, put Your fear in me, help me to love your word and give me wisdom.
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