We have all met them. Perfectly lovely people who have for one reason or another not been able to connect with another. We all pull for them and want so badly for someone to scoop them up and love them—and yet, alas, it never seems to happen. That is Solomon’s illustration for wisdom. So many people say they want to be wise and insightful. We want the answers to life’s difficult questions and issues. Solomon indicates that it is us–not wisdom. Like the girl never picked at the dance, no one is willing to partner with wisdom. Some would say it’s just too weird—wisdom is not their type. They prefer sarcasm and google. Others shy away feeling they are not worthy to have such an amazing partner. Still others flirt with wisdom but just want what it will give them not caring instead what it will make them.
Wisdom, like the beautiful maiden, stands arms outstretched longing to be embraced. But, we have to want to be wise and not simply knowledgeable. What’s more, wisdom does not share the stage with base emotion and trash thought—She expects a desire to remain humble and to diligently seek God. Finally, wisdom requires faith in God and his timing in order to be the lasting influence in our lives—This ain’t no one night stand. It is a covenant relationship that comes with age and commitment to service. James 1 sums it up quite nicely—“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask God who give generously and without judgment. But when He asks let him ask in faith—or he will be like aa double—minded man.
If you have not begun, yet; today is the best day to court and win the hand of Wisdom in your life.
God Bless You‘
20 Out in the open wisdom calls aloud, she raises her voice in the public square; 21 on top of the wall she cries out, at the city gate she makes her speech:
22 “How long will you who are simple love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? 23 Repent at my rebuke! Then I will pour out my thoughts to you, I will make known to you my teachings. 24 But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand, 25 since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, 26 I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you—
God always seemed to put Joseph over whatever he had in mind. At Potiphar’s he was over the entire house, in Prison, Joseph was in charge of the entire jail. Now, even Pharaoh saw God’s hand on Joseph and entrusted him with all things other than the actual throne. It was an uncanny thing, but people could not miss Joseph’s unique cal by God in his life. He was trustworthy and he was blessed. It was such an overwhelming presence, that you simply wanted him to be in charge.
We should strive to be that unified with God. It would serve us in so many ways. We would be blessed in all circumstances. We would change lives all around us. And God would be glorified in each and everything we did. It is a great ministry to honor God by simply being ourselves. The challenge is to do so without personal pride or desire for gain. When we live like Joseph lived, we will be blessed like Joseph was blessed. Help me, Lord to honor you with all I do so you will be glorified.
God Bless You
39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.”
Joseph in Charge of Egypt
41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. 43 He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and people shouted before him, “Make way!” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.
There are so many tools for evangelism. Pamphlets, tracts, revivals movies, skits and the list goes on. But since the first century, the best tool of evangelism has been hospitality and love. I remember in college hearing again and again–“People do not care what you know until they know that you care.” Everyone longs to be treated well. We in the Church should be the masters of treating folks well.
So, welcome people, listen to them share your heart with them. When they see the difference Christ has made in us, they will want what we have. Sadly, many in the Church practice exclusivity. they do not want to be exposed to “Pagans”. Truth is we are called to be in the lives of those who need Christ–then they will see our hearts and want Christ in their lives. Lord, help me to treat folks well!!!
God Bless You
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, just as you are progressing spiritually. 3 It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
5 Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you. 6 They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honours God. 7 It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. 8 We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth…Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.