Monday, May 26, 2008

Monday Morning Devotions

Prov. 2: 5-6- "Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding." (NKJV)

This passage speaks of wisdom from God. Can you gain this wisdom simply by memorizing what God's Word teaches? If that were possible, any one could follow God whether they were disciples or not. Just the act of securing knowledge is not sufficient for you to become truly wise. To receive wisdom from God, you must first love wisdom so much that you determine in your heart to understand wisdom (Prov. 2: 1-2). You must desire wisdom with a spirit that won't be satisfied until wisdom is attained; you must seek wisdom as if it is the greatest of riches (Prov. 2:4). Above all, you seek God to give you understanding (Prov. 2:3). If you do these things, you will know the true fear of God, which leads to wisdom (Prov. 1: 7) This fear is not a servile fear, as the ancient pagans had toward their gods. Their gods were unknowable, they were unpredictable. They may be merciful or full of wrath, depending on their mood. The pagans could not know their gods. But when one seeks the true God, he comes to know Him and fear Him, because he discovers His holiness and His unchanging nature. The seeker after God finds that God ALWAYS brings wrath on the disobedient, but He ALWAYS extends mercy to those who truly fear and obey Him.

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