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Thursday, April 28, 2005
Rewards of Wisdom (Proverbs 2:1-22)
Topic: Book of Proverbs

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." (Matthews 8:7-8 NKJV)

Have you seeking for the wisdom from God? If so, have you listened to what God say to you? We can receive the wisdom from Him if we are willing to listen and obey Him.

As we are studying Proverbs 2, Solomon began to open with the call of attention. "My child, listen to what I say and remember what I command you." (Proverbs 2:1.) In the previous chapter of Proverbs, Solomon said to his son to listen to him. (Proverbs 1:8.) Solomon might to say, "Listen to my advice what I am going to say. This might be useful to you." He said this because he cared of his son's life.

That is what exact God is doing for our lives today. He cares and loves us to make us attention to Him. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16 NKJV.) In 2000 years ago, God brought Jesus to this planet for us. He wanted to be with us. But what we did to Jesus? Were we followed Him all the way? He came to the world that was his own, but his own people did not accept him. (John 1:11.)

Throughout Jesus' life, He experienced the painful moment of His earthly living because of all our sins. He had to die because His people were sinners. If He didn't resurrect after His crucifixion, are we living for God today? Are we going to be His people? Probably not. If Jesus didn't resurrect, we still have sins in our lives as our own idol. If He didn't resurrect, we still have experienced many sufferings in our lives.

So what is the solution?

Listen carefully to the wisdom… (Proverbs 2:2a.) Hear the words of the wisdom. Not only to hear the wisdom carefully, but listen to what God has to say. …set your mind on understanding. (Proverbs 2:2b.) Set your mind on above from the earth. We can focus on the earthly things carefully. Do our minds are on God as well?

If you want the wisdom of God, cry out for wisdom and beg for understanding. (Proverbs 2:3) God will hear to your cry and your desire. He knows what you want, but He may have much bigger plan for your life.

Jesus said, "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." (Matthews 8:7-8 NKJV.) If you want wisdom in your life, then search for it like silver. (Proverbs 2:4.) Then you will understand respect for the LORD, and you will find that you know God. (Proverbs 2:5.) That is what I want for my life. That is what God is expecting from you. "Only the LORD gives wisdom; he gives knowledge and understanding. He stores up wisdom for those who are honest. Like a shield he protects the innocent. He makes sure that just is done, and he protects those who are loyal to him." (Proverbs 2:6-8.)

Wisdom will teach us how to be honest and fair to your spouse and to your people. God is willing to give the wisdom as your reward. According to Proverbs 2:9-11, Solomon pointed out what the wisdom can do your life. "Wisdom will come to your mind, and knowledge will be pleasing to you. Good sense will protect you; understanding will guard you." (Proverbs 2:10-11.)

God knows that we cannot protect ourselves from the enemies of Christ. He knows where are our weak spots in our lives. Sadly, we try to cover our weakest strengths to ourselves. We learned that the pride can help us to cover from sadness. We learned that having our sins is the only way to survive. Sometimes, we would be like Lucifer. "You told yourself, 'I will go up to heaven. I will put my throne above God's stars. I will sit on the mountain of gods, on the slopes of the sacred mountain. I will go up above the tops of the clouds. I will be like God Most High." (Isaiah 14:13-14.) As a result, we fail to do our wills.

Wisdom also protects us from evil ones. "It will keep you from wicked, from those whose words are bad, who don't know what is right but what is evil." (Proverbs 2:12-13.) Are you turn away from wicked ones and listen and accept the wisdom that God giving you? Read the verses 14 and 15 and try to enjoy the activity. Are you happy with your life? If I am in this situation, I would be happy with my life until I die. When I meet Christ on the judgement seat, then I cannot go to His palace because of my sins, for instance. "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23 NKJV.) If you are new to the faith, take a moment to recognize God's love. He loves us very much that He died for our sins.

Let me ask a question. Do you have a faithful or unfaithful spouse (including boyfriend or girlfriend) in your life? If the person is faithful to you in relationship, then you have a good solid foundation in your intimacy relationship with God. God is at the top of triangle relationship. You can have a good relationship with your spouse if God is the center of both of your life.

If your wife is unfaithful to you, to your children, and to God, don't make easy for yourselves by signing the divorce paper. God hates divorce from the relationship. Instead, use God's advice. To stay in relationship with your wife is not easy unless you would give your problem to God's hands. "Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." (I Peter 5:6-7 NKJV.)

Read the proverbs from the Bible before you would decide to engage and submit to your girlfriend or boyfriend. Solomon said, "It will save from the unfaithful wife who tries to lead you into adultery with pleasing words. She leaves the husband she married when she was young. She ignores the promise she made before God. Her house is on the way to death; those who took path are now all dead. No one who goes her comes back or walks the path of life again." (Proverbs 2:16-19)

The wisdom that God gives us will help us to equip our actions toward Him. It is His wisdom that we have the purpose of our lives. Have you decide which road you on? Do you need the wisdom of God to decide what is right thing to do in your life?

Read the last three verses in Proverbs 2 and think about how is going with your personal relationship with Christ. There is no other gods who can give you the wisdom rather than through Jesus Christ.

Posted by MGJC Web Ministry at 12:01 AM EDT
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