Posts Tagged ‘wisdom and faith’

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.”

“Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise”–Day 6

May 18, 2013
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.

This morning as I began to reflect upon wisdom as expressed in the Book of Proverbs, I happened to think about an important component of my spiritual life: “faith.” My mind went back to what I recall as my “first teaching based on the Bible.” I was a rising sophomore in high school when I volunteered to prepare a message for Youth Night at a church camp that I attended in Northern Michigan that summer. For some reason, I was led to share on “faith” and opened with Hebrews 11:1, 6:

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

But without faith, it is impossible to please him, for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.

Over the years, faith has been a subject that I have studied and endeavored to understand and apply to my life, in my efforts to be “the mighty man of faith whom God called me to be.”

A number of years ago, my daughter, Melissa, asked me to write a commentary on faith for her website, and this is what I shared:

To unleash our true purpose and passion and then turn it into profit, we must establish a firm foundation upon which we build. As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, faith is the bedrock of our lives. We define faith as confident assurance, trust and conviction that we will prevail. Faith–“the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”– operates beyond what we see, for we walk by faith, not by sight.

In the midst thundering echoes of “No!” faith says “Yes!”  Voices shout “You can’t” but faith proclaims “We can and we will!” At the point of total exhaustion, faith says, “Take one more step.” After more failed attempts than we can number, faith gives us courage to try one more time. Faith is tenacious—you hold on and never give up. Although the diagnosis, bank statement or other evidence says “No way!” faith responds with “God will make a way.”

In terms of illustrations of faith, we find excellent examples from the Bible and from the lives of great men and women who achieved impossible dreams. Despite a barrage of reasons why they would fail, they transformed failure into success. Without faith it is impossible . . . but with faith, the impossible becomes possible.  We, who live in the state of Ohio, recognize and rejoice in our State Motto: “For with God all things are possible.”Indeed, faith is our solid foundation. Like the wise man who built his house on the rock, when the storms of life approach, if we have laid a firm foundation, the house that we build will stand, for faith is our sure foundation.

Following a similar pattern of building, we must also apply wisdom to our lives, for as Proverbs 9:1-3 remind us:

Wisdom has built her house; she has carved its seven columns.

She has prepared a great banquet, mixed the wines, and set the table.

She has sent her servants to invite everyone to come. She calls out from the heights overlooking the city.

In looking over some of the poems that I have written with wisdom as the subject, I found this piece that speaks of these two vital elements of our lives as believers:

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, I call forth blessing

Upon blessing to overtake me and abound,

As I press toward the mark, while each day progressing

Until all who love His appearing will be crowned.

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

As though it were and follow faithful Abraham,

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

I declare that I am all that God says I am

And align my life in synch with the coming Kingdom.

Through the Blood of the Lamb and my testimony

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

For nothing can deter me from my destiny.

I press toward the mark, the prize I am destined to win,

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

Here is a link to another blog entry discussing faith with accompanying musical selections, more “good medicine” from the shelves of Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe:

https://drlej.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/faith-the-foundation-of-my-life/

How firm is my foundation: Not a question but a statement

Faith and Wisdom are two vital components of building our lives as committed believers who walk in the power of God.