The Wise Walk With God, cont’d (Proverbs 1:8-33)

So what’s the purpose of wisdom? Its purpose is to to equip us to live the life that God wants us to live! Everything we do is a testimony for God. What we say in wisdom honors and gives glory to Jesus Christ. Our actions reflect our convictions concerning our savior. Therefore, we need to walk, talk, and act like who we really are, children of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords (e.g. Romans 8:16-17, 1 Peter 2:9).

In my last post, I discussed fearing the Lord. In this sense, I’m not saying we should be terrified of God like the little kid running and screaming in fear because dad is going to spank him with the belt. Rather, the term implies reverence. It means that we need to demonstrate respect to God. It’s his world, therefore his rules. We also recognize our condition as imperfect sinners and his perfect holiness.

Mark Twain is quoted as saying, “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

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Moses, the Promised Land, and My Ministry.

The reality is that most who enter the ministry do so because of the love they have for God, the passion to fulfill their call, and to minister effectively to people. If it was for the money, most of us would not have chosen the ministry. (And we are thankful that God provides!).

However, that idealism can lead us to make the great mistake in which we take ownership of our congregations and people. The term “my church” should be used more so as a reference of belonging, not in reference ownership. It is, and will always be, God’s church! We are stewards of the churches that God gives us the pleasure of serving.

Consider the story of Moses as he leads the people out of Egypt and to the Promised Land. The people murmured constantly and worked against the purposes of God. They consistently undermined Moses’ leadership. Some of them tried to go back to Egypt (who had tried to kill them all before crossing the Red Sea).

Ultimately, God grew tired of the Israelite’s rebellion. He tells Moses (in Numbers 14:11-12): Read more…