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“Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise”–Day 15

May 29, 2013
As we pursue Godly wisdom, we are also encouraged to "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem."

As we pursue Godly wisdom, we are also encouraged to “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.”

In looking over a collection of poetry in which there is a reference to wisdom, I came across “As We Pray,” a poetic exhortation to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” I also thought of a particular day that is set aside for various groups to come together to pray for Jerusalem. One such occasion is the first Sunday in October, when hundreds of thousands gather across the globe to offer prayers to God on behalf of the Holy City. The exhortation to pray for Jerusalem is not confined to one specific day of prayer, but the indication is that such prayer should be ongoing.

Last year, I presented a series of blog entries entitled “Twelve for Twelve in 2012,” based on the 12 verses of Isaiah 62 which was the personal theme passage that I had adopted at the beginning of the year.  In one of the entries we find a reminder to call unto God “And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.” For a more detailed discussion of that verse check out “Seven for Twelve on 7-4-12.” I am simply suggesting that the reminder to pray for the peace of Jerusalem should be ongoing, particularly in light of the ever-escalating critical conditions in the Middle East.

Note the reference to pursuing wisdom which we have also discussed in previous “Words of Wisdom”:

As We Pray

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

“May they prosper who love you.

Peace be within your walls,

Prosperity within your palaces.”

Psalm 122:6-7

 

This week as we pray, we focus on the Kingdom,

Established and grounded on a sure foundation.

As we diligently pursue Godly wisdom,

New paths of this Apostolic Reformation

Unfold as the sun rises on the horizon.

Even in turbulent times, we must stay the course.

Aware of consequences of each decision,

We look to God our Father, bountiful resource.

We are new wineskins, flexible, open to change.

With a “kingdom mindset” we now see with new eyes.

Beyond past narrow limits our view is long-range.

We number our days with each sunset and sunrise.

Observing the times and giving meaning to them,

We ever pray for “the peace of Jerusalem.”

 

Mariano Jose Jimenez offers a musical composition inspired by the exhortation to “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.”

“Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise”–Day 4

May 10, 2013
This photo taken at Indiana Dunes State Park brought to mind a childhood experience that I related to the pursuit of wisdom, as I reflect on wisdom while reading from the Book of Proverbs.

This photo taken at Indiana Dunes State Park brought to mind a childhood experience that I related to the pursuit of wisdom, as I reflected on wisdom while reading from the Book of Proverbs.

While preparing this reflective entry on wisdom from the Book of Proverbs, I thought about the exhortation to pursue wisdom; this challenge resonates throughout the 31 chapters containing Solomon’s advice to son.

I recall going on a field trip to the Indiana Dunes State Park, outside of Gary, Indiana, when I was in middle school, what we called “junior high school,” back in the day. Somehow I came across a small stream running through a wooded area. As I followed the creek through the winding woods, I was determined to find the area where the stream began, but as I progressed, the size of the stream remained the same and continued to flow on endlessly. After about a half an hour, I realized that I needed to get back to area where we supposed to meet before departing on the bus and returning to “the Steel City.” When I arrived at the place where we were to meet, I learned that I was quite late, and that I had delayed their departure.

As I was reading from the Book of Proverbs once again, this experience from my childhood came to mind, in light of the exhortation to pursue wisdom, to search diligently for wisdom, and wholeheartedly seek to find this valuable spiritual entity. I also thought of the following poem that is related to this topic:

In Pursuit of Wisdom

 13 Happy (blessed, fortunate, enviable) is the man

 who finds skillful and godly Wisdom,

 and the man who gets understanding

 [drawing it forth from God’s Word and life’s experiences],

 

 14 For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver,

 and the profit of it better than fine gold.

 

 Proverbs 3:13-14 [Amplified Bible]

 

To cause to flee as one chases an enemy,

To relentlessly follow and then overtake,

As a hunter reads footprints and tracks down his game,

So your fragrance arouses me as I awake.

Desire, a fire, flames the passion deep within me.

Though I have felt your touch and kissed your lips before,

As a lover pursues his beloved, so I

Yearn to be with you and to know you even more,

Assured that all who pursue you shall also find.

As the sun rises to follow its daily course,

Zealously I seek you with my heart and soul and mind,

As one traces a winding river to its source.

As one forsakes all to pursue a priceless treasure,

So I seek the Spirit of Wisdom’s good pleasure.

Although that experience occurred almost sixty years ago, I am still earnestly seeking to find the source of all life, the river of life, from which flows wisdom, knowledge, understanding and all the attributes of God.

I conclude this blog entry with a song of worship that also came to mind, “My Soul Follows Hard after Thee” with lyrics by Don Moen:

This blog entry is the first in a series featuring "a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

This blog entry is another in a series featuring “a daily dose of ‘words to the wise,’ poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.”