Does wisdom require patience?

Throughout my life, I have come to a place where I had to make a decision. Naturally, I'm sure you have been in this place too. Often times, I have not been sure about the thing I should do or the words that I should say.  If I am to be completely honest with you, at moments where I am full of emotions, I don't want to wait or take my time.  I get rather antsy... I want to hurry up and make a decision or say something. I have come to realize that the wise are patent because they wait to hear wisdom speak.  When we move or act hastly, we are unable to hear wisdom clearly because we are acting out of our own wills and thoughts. Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it. ~Proverbs 8:33 When we decide to turn from our own wills and thoughts, we turn from pride and arrogance.  We turn from evil and perverse things.  By turning from that which God hates, evil and perverse things, we turn to God.  By turning to God we turn to wisdom. I wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion.  The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.  ~Proverbs 8:12, 13 This seems so simple, but it is harder to … [Read more...]

God’s Nature or Evil Nature

Each person has a specific type of character. We are born a certain way, with specific personality traits. Yet many of our character traits, whether we know it or not, form over time. As a child we begin to take on the nature of those around us. Although not completely developed from our caregivers, our character meshes with our personality and we are developed. Adversity, challenges, and trials help to develop certain aspects of our character, while joyful experiences like love, laughter, and fulfillment of hope develop other aspects of who we are. If you've ever been around a young person and observed their actions, you would see these changes occur in their development. If this is the truth in the natural...what can we say, then, about the spiritual? Do you remember the story of Cain and Able? I'm sure you do... Two brothers, the first two sons of Adam and Eve. They were the first to be born of the curse, in pain, and distress of child rearing. Cain, the oldest, would be his mother's first experience of pain and his father's first successor and student. Never having parented before, Adam and Eve would have obviously done their best, but without the direct … [Read more...]

Asking Hard Questions…

Psalm 73 1 Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. 2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. 3 For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. 5 They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills. 6 Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. 7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity[b]; their evil imaginations have no limits. 8 They scoff, and speak with malice; with arrogance they threaten oppression. 9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth. 10 Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance. 11 They say, “How would God know? Does the Most High know anything?” 12 This is what the wicked are like— always free of care, they go on amassing wealth. 13 Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence. 14 All day long I have been afflicted, and every morning brings new punishments. 15 If I had spoken out like that, I would have betrayed your children. 16 When I … [Read more...]

Proverbs 7

1 My son, keep my words, And treasure my commands within you. 2 Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye. 3 Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” And call understanding your nearest kin, 5 That they may keep you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words. 6 For at the window of my house I looked through my lattice, 7 And saw among the simple, I perceived among the youths, A young man devoid of understanding, 8 Passing along the street near her corner; And he took the path to her house 9 In the twilight, in the evening, In the black and dark night. 10 And there a woman met him, With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart. 11 She was loud and rebellious, Her feet would not stay at home. 12 At times she was outside, at times in the open square, Lurking at every corner. 13 So she caught him and kissed him; With an impudent face she said to him: 14 “ I have peace offerings with me; Today I have paid my vows. 15 So I came out to meet you, Diligently to seek your face, And I have found you. 16 I have spread my bed with … [Read more...]

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