Wisdom and Honour
Proverbs 15: 33 -
The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour [glory] is humility [meekness].
Today's message talks of 2 things wisdom and honour / glory.
People confuse wisdom to knowledge or understanding. Wisdom although related to both is still neither of them. Wisdom is simple words is the ability to work on knowledge to derive the right understanding. There are 2 ways to grow in wisdom one which is by gaining knowledge and letting experience to conclude the right understanding. This is the trial and fail method, one cannot be sure of the right result, but the results improve over time and efforts. This is the reason the Bible says to respect or give hear to the words of the elders for they have the experience.
True wisdom come only from God for this does not use the trial and fail method but the perfect result and today's message says fear of God is the start / basic steps of wisdom. Fear of God does means to be afraid of God but means to know who God is and that includes being afraid of going against His Will. God is centric to all things and thus knowing God allows us to know the things He has created. But then since God is infinite so also the wisdom that comes from Him is also infinite.
Coming to the second part of today's message about glory, we are told before glory, comes humility. Humility is mistaken to surrendering one's self to the wishes of the other that is not the case. Being humble does not mean being a door mate, being humble means to be a step of the ladder, being instrument in lifting others. It does not require us to draw back or lower ourselves but concentrates on pushing others in front, in this process we too grow. A perfect example is a teacher who labours hard to teach his students to be better than himself. In this process he too grows and thus every batch of student is better than the batch before.
The Bible tells us to receive, first we need to give. Thus to know God we need to share Him unto others. To receive glory we need to glorify Him, for it is in Him and by Him that we too will experience glory.
Today's message in simple words tells us to have wisdom and honour we need to share the Lord and glorify Him.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You blessed Solomon with all the wisdom of the world which no man would ever have but yet he landed being the greatest fool for he wanted to glorify himself with all his riches. Lord, we pray we understand to be full we need to break ourselves and share ourselves like Christ did and has asked us to do in His remembrance. Unless You are not in us there is nothing valuable in us, and when we share You in us we too grow and are always satisfied. Lord, teach us to share You to others...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
Psalms 111:10 - The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do [his commandments]: his praise endureth for ever.
Proverbs 9:10 - The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
1 Corinthians 10:16 - The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
John 17:5 - And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
|The Word of God was given free to us, therefore we should also share it freely with others.
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