Seeking Wisdom: Proverbs 10:10 – Wandering Eyes

“An evasive eye is a sign of trouble ahead,

but an open, face-to-face meeting results in peace.”

Proverbs 10:10 (MSG)

I’ve found that the eyes can tell you a lot about a person.

Have you ever talked to someone whose eyes are darting around like they are looking for a sniper somewhere?  I know I have and as an “eye contact guy” it drives me crazy.  There are times that I just need eyeball to eyeball contact so I can know you hear me and, as my African friends like to say, that “we are together”.

What a person does with their eyes can also tell you a lot about them.

Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the book “Frogs Into Princess: Neuro Lingistics Programming” found 6 Visual Accessing Cues related to the direction some looks with their eyes and I found it fascinating.

  1. Up and to the Left 
Indicates: Visually Constructed Images If you asked someone to “Imagine a purple buffalo”, this would be the direction their eyes moved in while thinking about the question as they “Visually Constructed” a purple buffalo in their mind.
  2. Up and to the Right 
Indicates: Visually Remembered Images If you asked someone to “What color was the first house you lived in?”, this would be the direction their eyes moved in while thinking about the question as they “Visually Remembered” the color of their childhood home.
  3. To the Left 
Indicates: Auditory Constructed If you asked someone to “Try and create the highest the sound of the pitch possible in your head”, this would be the direction their eyes moved in while thinking about the question as they “Auditorily Constructed” this this sound that they have never heard of.
  4. To the Right 
Indicates: Auditory Remembered If you asked someone to “Remember what their mother’s voice sounds like “, this would be the direction their eyes moved in while thinking about the question as they “Auditorily Remembered ” this sound.
  5. Down and to the Left 
Indicates: Feeling / Kinesthetic If you asked someone to “Can you remember the smell of a campfire? “, this would be the direction their eyes moved in while thinking about the question as they used recalled a smell, feeling, or taste.
  6. Down and To the Right 
Indicates: Internal Dialog This is the direction of someone eyes as they “talk to themselves”.

Law enforcement, and mother’s trying to see who ate the last cookie, use these cues to detect lying.  Look to the left as you are answering and you’re in trouble.  Look to the right and you may be ok.

When it comes to our sin I think our eyes become very shifty too.  Let’s just say I have a feeling that when God was questioning Adam and Eve after they ate the fruit they were looking left a lot.

In defense of our sin we often craft reasons or excuses as to why we did what we did.  Part of it is self-justification, but in reality it’s just plain old sin-justification so we can do it again or avoid the consequences.

A true pursuit of wisdom and Godliness will place us in front of the mirror of our souls often.  What we decide to do with what we see determines how we will grow.

God’s desire is for us to look intently into our lives and destroy the areas that are keeping us apart from Him instead of winking them away as though they are not a big deal.

Solomon again says it best in Proverbs 4:25-27

“Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. 

Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. 

Do no swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”

We would do well to lock our eyes on Jesus and stay laser focused on our relationship with Him.  That way we won’t have to worry about wandering eyes or our wandering soul. 

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Put Your Nets Back In The Water

I shared this thought with the Lockport Campus this past weekend as we talked about Jesus’ command to “Do Not Divorce”.   I thought it may be helpful to share with you too.

 

In Luke 5 Jesus once again is gaining a large crowd of followers as He teaches.  The crowd had become so large and so intense to hear every word He was saying that they began to “press in” Scripture tell us.

Looking around for a way to be able to continue teaching, Jesus notices 2 docked fishing boats and the fishermen cleaning their nets.  He approaches one of them named Simon (Peter) and asks him if it would be alright to preach from his boat.  Simon agrees and he pushes the boat back a little ways from shore to allow Jesus to continue preaching.

When He finishes, Jesus turns to Simon and says, Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”  Luke 5:4

Simon replies, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.” Luke 5:5a

Simon was a fisherman.  It was his job if you remember, when Jesus was looking around for a place to preach He had noticed men were washing their nets” (Luke 5:2b) by the boats that were docked.  This meant the men were done fishing and cleaning the nets was a sign they hoped tomorrow would be a better day.  Simon knew when the fish were biting and today was not that day.

His response to Jesus was a gentle reminder of who the fisherman was and who the teacher was in this conversation.  In essence Simon is saying,

“Jesus I know about fishing and you know about teaching.  As a fisherman, I know when to drop the nets, when to reel them in, and also when to call it quites.  Jesus, thank you for your offer to help, but You stick to teaching and I’ll stick to fishing.”

This is exactly what we say to Jesus when it comes to our lives.

  • Jesus, you don’t know what he’s done to me.
  • Jesus, you don’t see the pain she has caused our family.
  • Jesus, you aren’t here when the drinking begins.
  • Jesus, you couldn’t possible know what it’s like to live with that woman.
  • Jesus you worry about “God stuff” and I’ll try to figure out this relationship.

We make sure that Jesus stays in His place and we stay in our place.  He couldn’t possible understand why we feel the way we do or know what is going on so we just tell him to butt out of certain areas of our lives.

Fortunately Simon goes on.

He says, But because you say so, I will let down my nets.  When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.” Luke 5:6

You see Jesus quickly says, “Oh I know a little bit about fishing.  In fact I know a lot about fishing.  I’m the one that created fish!  I’m the ones that created the trees that made the boat that now floats on water that lets you even able to fish!  I’m the one that gave you the ability to fish at all Simon and I’m the one that if you trust me will fill your nets with such a blessing you can’t even contain it all!”

Jesus can do the same thing for you. He can heal your marriage, He can get you through your addiction, He can make beauty from ashes, but you have to be willing to put your nets back in the water and Trust Him.

No, this doesn’t mean you will grow back hair or have money magically show up under your pillow.  He’s not the tooth fairy, but He is the God that loves it when His children listen to his voice, trust Him, and follow His direction.

Don’t be so naïve to think that you somehow know more about you than God does.  Must I remind you and I that He created us so know one knows us better than Him!

So stop cleaning your nets and giving up.  Throw them back in the water and trust that God will honor your faithfulness and do a miracle in your relationships too.

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God Isn’t A Buffet

When I played baseball at the University of Nebraska there were many perks to being an athlete.  One of the best was the food we ate.  Fair or not, our food was way better than the regular student body and I wasn’t complaining. :)

I personally loved the salad bar.  I’m a bit of control freak so I like to know what I’m putting on my plate and have a choice of what I eat.

A buddy of mine on the team liked the salad bar too and we had this fairly annoying and childish game we’d play.  We would each choose a side of the bar and as we filled our plates with food we would randomly place things on each other’s plate to make them mad.  Dumb…I know.

On one particular day we were really loading up each other’s plates.  Back and forth we went all the way down the line.  At one point, I went on a bit of “run” and just kept piling things as fast as I could.  I was so proud of myself until I got the end of the line.

With a confidant grin on my face, I looked up expecting to announce victory over my buddy, but instead I was face-to-face with the middle linebacker of the football team.

It was not my buddies plate I had just ruined it in fact was a Roman Gladiator’s.

Sweet.

There are not words to describe the embarrassment and fear I had at that moment.  However, God must have had a plan for my life because I’m still alive to tell you this story and am doing so with no history of broken bones as a result of being thrown through a cafeteria table.

I see a great deal of Christians treating their spiritual life as a buffet.  They grab their plate at the “Old Rugged Cross Buffet” and slowly look at the tasty choices God appears to have given them.

Methodically they travel down the lines picking and choosing the things they like such as personal wealth, health, protection, job security, a good sex life, and…ok…a side salad of patience to make mom happy.  Since a buffet is choosing what I like the best and leaving behind the rest this seems to be a fantastic way of being a Christian.  The problem is that is not how God designed it.

“I did not just give them commands about burnt offerings and sacrifices, but I have them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people.  Walk in all the ways I command you, that it may go well with you.Jeremiah 7:23

In this passage the prophet Jeremiah is speaking God’s words to the people of Judah.  They had decided to pick and choose the things they would obey from the God of the Bible and where their lifestyle didn’t jive with what He commanded they would make another god to worship that allowed them to keep sinning.

Let me remind us of something.

God doesn’t share the cosmic stage with anyone.

He clearly says, Walk in all the ways I command you, that it may go well with you.”  I don’t know about you, but I very much want “it” to go well with me no matter what “it”.  So following all God’s commands seems to be a good plan.  Not some of His commands, not the ones we like, not the ones that get us rich, or the ones that let us divorce our spouse, but ALL of His commands.

We don’t like that plan.  We would prefer to treat God’s commands like a buffet so we can leave out the stuff we don’t like.

Here are modern day examples of the picking and choosing we do at the Christian Buffet:

  • Praying for God to bless our business, but leaving Him out of our marriage.
  • Wanting God’s Will in our life, but not wanting Him to tell us to not to live with our girlfriend.
  • Wanting to read our Bible and feel more connected to God, but preferring He stayed in the car when we get drunk in the bar.

Let’s be honest, when we walk to our car after a real buffet experience we feel like trash.  No human was meant to eat that much popcorn shrimp in one sitting and we know it.

The same is true of our “Christian Buffet”.  You and I will never walk away from keeping God out of an area of our life and feel satisfied.  We will be empty, unfulfilled, and frustrate because something is missing.

God is not a buffet.  When we decided to follow Him we get a full course meal complete with desert, but there’s no menu.  We don’t get to choose what’s on the plate.

Sure, we may decide to play around with some of things we don’t like with a fork for a while, but they still are on the plate.  At some point we need to eat even the Brussels sprouts.

God knows that if we eat the meal He’s prepared for us we will leave more satisfied than we’ve ever been.  We will want to lick the plate clean because we will want more and more of what God has prepared for us.

I hope we are tired of the indigestion our life is causing us and are ready to dive into the satisfying life found only in following God completely

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Don’t Stop Fighting!

I woke up today burden with a heavy spirit.  It was surprising because I had a fantastic weekend and saw God move mightily.  I anticipated waking up energized, but sadly I felt heavy.

All I know is that I’m compelled to write this blog with one simple message:

Don’t Stop Fighting

The landscape of our culture is littered with people giving up on things in their lives leaving behind a landfill of excuses and broken dreams.  When things get tough or questions get too personal we “tap out” in fear of what we may have to change about ourselves.  What frustrates me the most is  this is what I hear and see in the lives of Christians!

I know people that will justify their decisions to give up with tepid excuses such as:

  • “I fell out of love”
  • “God wants me to be happy”
  • “I am too independent to be married anymore”
  • “The addiction is too strong”
  • “It’s not hurting anyone”
  • “I only look once and awhile”

Can I be blunt?

These are absolute garbage.

God’s not buying your weak excuses and He certainly is not going to allow you to use His Grace as a “Get Out Of Sin Free”-card.

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?” – Romans 6:1-3

God isn’t a happiness piñata that you whack until you get the sugary life you want to spill out of Him.

As followers of Jesus it especially doesn’t work that way.  The temptation of giving up is never above the Power of Christ working in you.

Listen to Paul’s words, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13

So this means:

  • The addiction you are faced with…God will provide a way to get help
  • The marriage you are about to destroy…God will provide a way to work through it
  • The person you want to hurt…God will provide you a way to forgive
  • The life you feel that isn’t worth living…God will provide a way for you to see how much you are loved.

Everything we face in this life can be overcome with Christ.  EVERYTHING.

Don’t let yourself checkout and not fight for anything.  If things get tough, the money gets tight, the relationship grows cold, or the health gets fragile don’t be so weak in spirit and mind that you run.  As Christians we are called to rise above these challenges.

If we don’t rise above, what are we saying about the God we say we believe in?

We follow a God that didn’t tap out when the nails were driven in His hands, He didn’t call it off when the whips hit His back, and He didn’t retaliate when the spit poured down his face from His mockers.

Don’t let your decision to give-up be fresh spit on the face of Christ.  Stand-up, do the right thing, follow Christ, and don’t’ stop fighting!

Keep fighting!

Keep fighting!

Keep Fighting!!!!!

He loves you more than you know.

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Seeking Wisdom: Proverbs 9:9 – Don’t Be A Fool

Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;

teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.

– Proverbs 9:9

In his book, Developing the Leader Within You, John Maxwell talks about a common principle in production known as the 80/20 rule.  The rule says, in most cases, 20% of the people in your organization, church, family, etc. will do 80% of the work.  However, Maxwell then takes it one step further when speaking to leaders and encourages us to spend 80% of our time with the productive 20% doing the work.

He makes a great point.

If you are going to spend energy developing, challenging, encouraging, or equipping anyone let it be on the people that it will make a difference on!

Ironically, most of our energy as leaders is expended on the 80%.  We spend so much time, resource, and stress on the group of people that need the most direction, are the most needy, but never do anything with the direction given.

Solomon gives all of us leaders wise counsel in dealing with the 80% in Proverbs 9 when he says:

  • Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult, whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse.” – Proverbs 9:7
  • Do no rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you.” – Proverbs 9:8

In short Solomon is saying, “Don’t waste your time on fools.”  This may be a little harsh to read, but it comes from someone that has been a leader for over 15 years and has seen this first hand.   A fool is someone that acts unwisely or imprudently so spending time on fools that don’t want to change, refused to be led, or have a calloused spirit is a fruitless pursuit.  In my experience, the effort you expend nearly always comes back void and you look like a fool for wasting the time.

But the key verse for us a leaders is Proverbs 9:9

Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;

teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.

I love how Eugene Peterson phrases it in the Message translation,

“Save your breath for the wise—they’ll be wiser for it;

tell good people what you know—they’ll profit from it.”

As leaders, we are doing ourselves a disservice by not investing the best part of our time in people that will profit from our involvement with them.  There are people all around us that are hungry for wisdom, but we have to get past the crowd of “mockers” to meet them.  By switching our focus to the men and women who are willing to learn, we not only better the organization we are part of, but we advance the Kingdom of God.

Very rarely do you see a person eager to learn and grow that doesn’t at some level then pay that forward to someone else.  As a result, the fruit of your teaching is seen generations from now as it is passed from leader to leader to leader.

I want to close by posing a few questions to two camps of people out there.

Camp #1 – Leaders:  Who Do I Spend My Time With?

  1. Who are you spending the majority of your time with this week and is there a high return for that investment?
  2. Who are the top 1-2% of the 20% doing the work and how can you invest more time in them?

Camp #2 – The 80%:  You Might Be A Fool If

  1. If you never reach out for ways to improve yourself …You might be a fool.
  2. If you bristle or laugh when corrected…You might be a fool.
  3. If you are in the group of people complaining all the time, but with no action steps to make it better…You might be a fool.
  4. If you make fun of people that come early and stay late…You might be a fool.
  5. If the last book you read was the manual to your Xbox360…You might be a fool.
  6. If you want all the success without any of the hard work to get there…You might be a fool.

I completely believe that people in the 80% can change to the 20%, but it has to come with a heart change and a desire to want to work hard.  There has to be a realization that God didn’t design us to coast through life, but rather to work hard at whatever we do.

There is a call from God to all of us to gain wisdom and apply direction from solid leadership.  That isn’t John Maxwell or me speaking that is the God of the Universe so if you don’t agree…take it up with Him.

For my fellow leaders, we have to sometimes let the 80% wallow in their own mediocrity until they decide they want to get out of it.  In the meantime, we should put laser focus on the 20% that are willing to learn, lead, and are not fools.

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What Has Jesus Cost You?

At our last small group, we finished Chapter 1 of One.Life by Scot McKnight.  It was an interesting discussion that focused on the idea that God gives us our dreams, hopes, aspirations for a reason.  We wrestled with the reality that the reason He gave them to us is not necessarily for personal wealth, power, or status, but rather for the pursuit of Christ.  Meaning, that by pursuing our dreams the Kingdom of God is made known.

I know that for me my dream of playing professional baseball drove me for a LONG time.  I would watch baseball on TV or go to games and say to myself “I want to be them someday”.  As I became a Christian and matured in my faith I realized that what I really wanted was “to have a platform like them”.  In other words, I dreamed God would give me the talent not only to play the game of baseball, but also to be an ambassador for Him by using the doors opened through playing baseball.

To be able to see that dream lived out then and even still as I type is very humbling.  I may not be a professional baseball player by profession any longer, but doors still open because of it and Christ is still preached through my life.

However, sometimes following God-given dreams will mean going down difficult roads. These roads are most notably in the things that we have to say “no” to in order to say “yes” to the following God’s dream for us.

I related well to one of my small group friends who said that choosing to follow Christ in High School meant saying “no” to a lot of what the cool kids were doing. This also meant ridicule and loneliness were the difficult byproducts of that decision.

If we decide that we want to follow God’s dream for us, we must start by following Christ.  If our pursuit of our dream doesn’t lead us closer to Him then we have the wrong dream.  However, if our dream presses us closer into Christ then regardless of the challenges we face we are on the right track.

Scot McKnight says, “The only thing that is enough is Jesus, and the only way to get to Jesus is to follow him, and that means one thing: giving your One.Life to him and to his dream.” –One.Life

So my question for all of us is this…

What has following Jesus cost you?

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. – Mathew 16:24-25

Jesus is saying the Grace I offer is free, but the relationship that follows will cost you.

This may mean you lose friends, identity, comfort, addictions, cravings, relationships, or even financial security, but what you gain in the end has eternal implications.

The pursuit of our dreams is a wonderful gift from God that should always lead to a changed life.

If it’s a God-given dream it has to.

It’s impossible to live the same life you lived before you met Christ as after.

Following Jesus will always come at a cost.

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Become Uncomfortable Being Comfortable –Lockport’s Saturday Service Launch

Whenever you see famous athletes accomplish something great such as breaking a longstanding record, you will usually hear a similar answer in the postgame press conference.

They will say something like; “It’s a great accomplishment, but I don’t’ think I’ll be able to enjoy it until I’m retired and can look back and reflect.  For right now I’ve got more left to do.

Now, on the other side of the TV camera are you and I.

If you’re a sports fan like me, you love following historic events.  On September 8, 1998, I remember being in my dorm room, on the phone with my best friend Robb, watching on a 13” TV/VCR screen as Mark McGuire broke Lou Gehrig’s homerun record.  I wasn’t a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals or small TV’s but I remember wanting to see history be made.  I freaked out, yelled in the phone, and watched replays of it until 1 AM.

That’s what fans get to do when big things happen.  We get to freak out and celebrate, but the athletes need to keep these moments in perspective.

Lately, I’ve found myself having to do that too.

Fast forward almost 10 years exactly from Mark McGuire’s historic homer to Sunday September 21, 2008.  On this day history was made too, but this time it was at Parkview Christian Church.  This was the day the Lockport Campus was born.  It was the first multisite campus of the Parkview family and it radically changed how we would do “church” forever.  I was honored when asked to Pastor this church and, as a first-born myself; I didn’t mind the challenge of being a trailblazer for Christ.

Since day #1 God has done amazing things in the lives of the people that have come to the Lockport Campus.  We’ve seen baptisms, baby dedications, funerals, weddings, memorials, VBS programs, concerts, prayer vigils, school service projects, food pantry donations, single parents support groups, divorce recovery classes, financial recovery classes, and even CPR on people in the back of the worship center (not even joking :) ).

Over 500 people each Sunday stream through the doors of Lockport and new faces show up each weekend.  My staff and I still stand in awe at what God continues to do in the lives of the great people of Lockport.

However, if you were to put a microphone in my face and ask me how I feel about defying all the odds of church planting I’d have to say  “It’s a great accomplishment, but I don’t think I’ll be able to appreciate it until I’m in heaven.  There is more work that needs to be done.

I’ve needed to keep things in Kingdom perspective.  I like what Paul says in 1 Corinthians.

“Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes.” – 1 Corinthians 4:5a

God has been yelling something to my spirit for a long time now.

Become uncomfortable being comfortable for Me.

So I listened and obeyed.

Instead of continuing to do what we do at Lockport how we’ve been doing it, we’ve decided to become uncomfortable with being comfortable.

On Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm we will be adding a Saturday worship service to our Campus.  We do this not for the glory of Parkview Christian Church, but for the Glory of God.  We do this so that more people can hear about the love of Christ.  We so this so that we stay uncomfortable in our comfort of seeking lost people.

I’d ask that you join me in praying for this great step of faith in our Campus’ history, but more importantly pray for the lost people that need to come and hear about Christ.  So much effort by staff and volunteers has gone into making this service happen, but all of them will agree that the time for celebrating needs to wait until our heavenly press conference with Jesus.

Until then it’s time to get uncomfortable…again.

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Crossroads Are Scary

I grew up in western South Dakota 5 miles out of town in the mountains.  Now before you think my family wore coon-skinned hats and made moonshine in a rusted car in our backyard, I assure you we had running water and “Pa” didn’t have to go catch our food every morning.

There were frustrating parts about living in South Dakota and being a little less connected to the world in some ways though.  For crying out loud, I heard that Back To The Future III just got to theatres there, but that’s for another blog.  But some of the best stuff about living there was the outdoors and especially the hiking.

Now, I’m not an intense hiker, but I do enjoy trail hiking.  Hiking is not just a walk in the park because it requires decisions to be made along the way.  Do I go left on this trailhead or do I go right down this worn path?  Should I turn around and go back or should I push ahead a little further?  The decision you make will dictate the destination you arrive at and the journey you will take to get there.

It doesn’t take a theologian to realize we do this same thing everyday.  We come to points in our life that decisions need to be made and we must make them.  The result of those decisions will ultimately determine the journey we will take and the destination where we will arrive.

I’m not immune.  I have decisions to make every day too, but I like to have details about my choices so I can make an informed decision.  Very rarely do I pick up the “decision dart” and blindly throw it at the board hoping I hit the “right choice” bulls eye.   Through study and research I make educated decisions as often as I can.

God calls us to do this too.  In the Bible, God speaks to the people of Israel through His prophet Jeremiah after they had strayed from the path of Truth.  They chose the wrong path and in Jeremiah God tries to give them a way to get back on the right one.

This is what the LORD says:

“Stand at the crossroads and look; 


ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is,

and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.”  – Jeremiah 6:16

God is telling Israel, and us, to choose the “good way” by following God’s Word and looking at all the “ancient paths” of the Godly lives of those lived before us to direct where we should go.

You may be facing a crossroads right now.  “Should I come to church?”  “How do I kick this addiction?”  “How do I save my marriage?”  “What is the purpose of my life?”

All of these can be answered if you and I objectively look at the crossroads presented to us, determine where each path will lead, ask for God’s direction, and then choose the “good way” even if it looks a little harder.

I choose to do this not just because I’m a tad bit O-C-D, but because I want to listen to the voice of G-O-D in my life.  I do this by following His Word and choosing wisely when at a crossroads.

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Seeking Wisdom: Proverbs 8:8 – A Wisdom Brain Cramp

“All the words of my mouth are just;

none of them is crooked or perverse.”

Proverbs 8:8

Would you consider God wise?

I mean, as you read Scripture and consider who He is and what He’s done, do you think that wise is an appropriate attribute for Him?

I’m not sure how you couldn’t come to that conclusion when considering the totality of the Creator God, but what would it do to your brain to know that God created wisdom?

Proverbs 8:22 says that “The Lord brought me (wisdom) forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old.”  The Message translation says it this way “God sovereignly made me—the first, the basic— before he did anything else.”

Let me allow a few more cerebral synapsis to fire in your brain.  That means that the ability to simply comprehend that last statement and accept it as wisdom and truth was not your own ability, but it was a gift from God for you to use.

It also means that before light, dark, sound, silence, moose, mouse, male, or female was created, God chose to design wisdom above it all and allow that creation to guide His creating.

I know…brain freeze.  Close one eye, tilt your head, and blow hard out your left nostril.  It won’t help, but I’m just laughing thinking of you doing that.  :)

Sorry…back to it.

So this got me thinking about how silly we are when we think that we are smarter than God.  It’s those ridiculous moments when we make decisions that we are know are contrary to the will of God, but do them because we think we “know better than He does” or that “the Bible is culturally out dated”.

But since God is Creator of all, the Alpha and Omega, and His Word will never come back void; at some point we must bend our knee the fact that God’s ways are the wiser than ours and that “none of his words are crooked or perverse”.

The key to making this connection with the wisdom of God comes in Proverb 8:9 when it says, “To the discerning all of them are right; they are faultless to those who have knowledge.”

The Hebrew word for “discerning” is biyn and it means to observe, mark, give heed to, distinguish, consider.   Biyn or variations of it, were used several times in the Old Testament, but interestingly it was used often when a leader was chosen.  Joseph, Samuel, David, and Solomon were all associated with being biyn or discerning.  These were great men of faith, but ones that gave heed to God’s knowledge and Truth in their lives.

So what does that mean for you and I?

Our search for wisdom must come with realization that the wisdom we seek was created by God and can only be found through God.  The means in which He gave for us to realize that wisdom is through His word.

Through our study of it, receiving of the teaching of it, and submission to it will allow us to find the wisdom we seek.

The deciding factor on if we will ever find that wisdom is whether or not we will be discerning enough to receive it.

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