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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Monday, October 11, 2010

Intent and Wisdom

Ecclesiastes 8:1, "Who is s a wise man? And who knows the interpretation of a thing?
A man's wisdom makes his face to shine, and the sternness of his face is changed."

Mike Singletary made a statement to the effect, "That where ever you are at, be there .."
If you are playing football, then play football, if you are home, be a Dad and a Husband, if you are sourcing and selling parts, then be there to do that. It basically becomes a question of acceptance of the role which is placed immediately before you and to be singularly focused on the tasks given. It is very becoming in a man of good report to be able to size up situations and consequences and deal properly and accordingly.

Proverbs 9:10, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."

Wisdom is the ability to see from God's perspective and to act in a way which corresponds with that understanding. Wisdom comes from knowing and trusting God.
Trusting is not a blind, mindless, insensible, acquiescence to life's events. Trusting is acceptance of the cause and effect relationship between action and consequence, regardless of  our intent. To assume that wish and desire supersede God's purpose is a recipe for failure, fruitlessness and futility, only leading to a state of mind whereby we become embittered and discouraged. True wisdom realizes with the Preacher that "when I applied my heart to know wisdom and to see the business that is done on Earth, even though one sees no sleep day or night, then I saw the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. For though a man labors to discover it, yet he will not find it; moreover, though a wise man attempts to know it, he will not be able to find it."

We have been given an opportunity to challenge the precepts and authorities of human wisdom with a foolishness that applies the love of God to human endeavour and action. It is an absurdity, a dichotomy, a paradox, but above and beyond all human comprehension and meaning lies the absolute truth, that in God lies all the faith, hope and love.

Proverbs 19:8, "He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good."
Proverbs 24:14, "Know that wisdom is thus for your soul; If you find it, then there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off."

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