Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Growing in Grace and Wisdom Proverbs 3:13-26 II Peter 3:18 "But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen."
When I was a kid, I yearned impatiently to grow up fast: to grow up so I could drive legally, to grow up to watch rated R movies, and so on. Now that I'm of age, I look back and chuckle at my impatience, but also appreciate that desire that I had to be more mature.
In the same way, we all should have that desire to grow in the wisdom of the Lord - the same wisdom that helped "[lay] the Earth's foundations" (Proverbs 3:19). Throughout the Bible, especially in the first four chapters of Proverbs, we see the great value and importance of God's wisdom. It is important to realize that wisdom is not just knowledge, but the wielding of knowledge with perspective and experience to understand the world around us and make sound judgments. What better source is there of perspective and omniscience than the Creator of Heaven and Earth Himself! It is by this wisdom alone that we can face this world with surety, because "she will protect you … and she will watch over you" (Proverbs 4:6). The wisdom of God opens our eyes to see the world as God sees it, so that we can approach the world as God loves it.
God's wisdom doesn't just fall in your lap, however. As King Solomon did so boldly and as it says in James 1, "If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea blown and tossed by the wind" (vv. 5-6). This implies the faith and relationship journey you must embark on with our Heavenly Father. Do you trust this omniscient God to be the Lord of your life? Journeying with God and growing with Him, you will find the treasures He has in store for you, for "blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding" (Proverbs 3:13).
Dear God, as your son Solomon prayed, I ask for a discerning heart to distinguish between right and wrong. May I grow in your grace and wisdom all the days of my life! AMEN!
Thought of the day
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones." - Proverbs 3:5-8
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