Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Leading to the Perfection of Creation

Proverbs 8:22-31


Roshin Thomas
Long Island MTC, NY

then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, 31 rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.

When God was creating man, God chose to set him apart from the rest of His works. Man is the only work of God with God's own perfect breath and image embodied into one. Why then do we view ourselves as less than God's own perfect creation? In Proverbs 8:22-31, the object of inspection is not mankind, rather the virtue of "wisdom." Wisdom is personified in Proverbs as it speaks of itself as a beloved creation of God. "I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be." If God had created such things as wisdom and prudence at the very beginning, as he created man, we should ask ourselves then if God intended for us to also have dominion and possession of wisdom as well. Wisdom is written to be constantly at the Lord's side, and if we are to truly understand and appreciate that we are the living breath of God, why do we deny ourselves the good fruits of God's creations? Often times, we lead ourselves astray, relying on our own judgment and humanly wisdom to guide us through our every-day life.

Decisions become numerous and overbearing as we navigate family life, finances, career choices, relationships and commitments. Instead of seeking the Lord's good wisdom in all of these things, we stumble and get frustrated. However, the daily frustrations of life can be overcome. We were created alongside God's greatest work, and we are called His most intimate creation, sharing with Him His likeness and image. It is not only our gift, but our birth right to claim the good works of the Lord's hands. Only by this mentality can we truly lead a perfected Christian life through Christ.

PRAYER

Father, we know we fail to truly understand the works of Your hands. You have created within us Your perfect creation and yet we act as if we are worthless. Allow us not to be consumed by the creations of this world, and instead lead us to the fruits of Your love and wisdom so that we may be perfected in Your likeness and image. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
"Don't gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver or gold" - Bob Marley