Posts Tagged ‘knowledge’

Filled with the knowledge of His will

November 14, 2016

Colossians_1-9

Although the verse that is central to today’s post was actually the Verse of the Day for this past Saturday, at which time I started the entry, but I did not get to post it until today. This weekend my wife and I travelled to Atlanta for a dual celebration of Veterans Day and my sister’s 70th birthday. Although not specifically designated as the Verse of the Day for November 14, 2016, the subject of the verse relates to “the will of God,” a topic of vital importance every day.

Taken from the opening chapter of the epistle to the Colossians, the Verse of the Day for last Saturday, October 12, was part of a prayer for the believers of Colossae, but it, of course, applies to believers today as well.

Colossians 1:9-10

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;

In reflecting on this passage, the phrase “the knowledge of His will” was highlighted in my mind, as once again I recognized that “the will of God,” is the place where I ever desire to be found. While thinking about this concept, I began composing another poem centered on the “The Will of God.” Colossians 1:9-10 form the introduction to this expression:

Filled with the Knowledge of His Will                

Colossians 1:9-10

 

That we may be filled with the knowledge of His will is God’s desire.

To pursue and fulfill God’s will burns within us as a fire,

This all-consuming desire to apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Even as we press forward to usher in the coming kingdom,

We speak the Word of Life that never fails but shall ever inspire.

 

 

We seek to find, to know, and to do God’s will and ever aspire

To align our desires with His to do all He would require.

We know that as His will is being done, so shall His Kingdom come:

That we may be filled with the knowledge of His will.

 

 

We want to walk in wisdom, and we ask so that we may acquire.

With passion we seek to find the perfect will of God and inquire

Of the Lord Almighty, God of all power and might and dominion.

As we delight to serve; He keeps His Word, giving us our heart’s desire:

That we may be filled with the knowledge of His will.

 

Numerous songs have been written that relate to “the will of God.” Written by Deb Zemke, one particular song, “His Will,” is played and sung by Robert Jason.

Reflecting on the “The Will of God” is a great way to start the day, any day.

Teach us to number our days

January 2, 2015

Psalm-90--12The Verse of the Day for January 2, 2015 comes from Psalm 90:12 (KJV)

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Proverbs 4:7 also reminds us that

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

In thinking about applying wisdom to our lives, we recognize that wisdom is not a static entity; it is not a trophy to be displayed with pride, but wisdom connotes action, it is something that must be applied.

The Psalmist further states, “I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when will you come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart (Psalm 101:2).

Wisdom is said to be the application of knowledge. We, thus, see that knowledge, wisdom, and understanding are intertwined as a three-fold cord. Furthermore, in discussing wisdom, we see that the Book of James identifies two sources of wisdom:

James 3:13-18

13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

In the Book of Proverbs we find two additional references to a synonymous phrase for “applying our hearts unto wisdom,” and they are “walking in wisdom” or “to walk as the wise”:

Proverbs 13:20

He who walks with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Proverbs 28:26

He that trusts in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walks wisely, he shall be delivered.

Two of the most enlightening scriptures regarding walking in wisdom occur in the New Testament:

Ephesians 5:15

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

To walk circumspectly, means to walk carefully, accurately, “to be watchful on all sides.”

Colossians 4:5 instructs believers to

“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”

Walking in wisdom involves being intentional and making deliberate choices that determine the direction and ultimate fulfillment of one’s purpose in God. Not only are we exhorted to walk in wisdom, but the scriptures also remind us that “we walk by faith and not by sight.”

The following poem makes a connection between wisdom and faith, as we enter further into 2015, the New Year, which some have declared to be a year of great faith:

Wisdom and Faith

Through words of wisdom and faith, I call forth blessing

to come upon me and overtake me.”

Patricia King

 

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men,

but in the power of God.

I Corinthians 2:5

 

Through words of wisdom and faith, we call forth blessing

Upon blessing to overtake us and abound,

As we press toward the mark, while each day progressing

Until all who love His appearing will be crowned.

Through wisdom and faith, we call forth that which is not,

As though it were and follow faithful Abraham,

The father of all who still believe, no matter what.

We trust in the faithful Word of the Great I Am

And align our lives in synch with the coming Kingdom.

Through the Blood of the Lamb and our testimony

We overcome by faith and the power of Christ’s wisdom,

For nothing can deter us from our destiny.

We press toward the mark, the prize we are destined to win,

By faith, hand in hand with wisdom, her gracious twin.

 

Family Radio Broadcasting offers a musical reminder: “Teach Us to Number our Days.”