How much wisdom? How much grace? How much love? How much effort? How much hope? How much do you need?
Do you realize that God’s grace is enough? Do you realize that God’s love is enough? Do you realize that God will never leave you and never abandon you? Do you realize that when we ask God for wisdom, He will provide it without finding fault?
Know that empty spot that have or had that God was able to fill? It’s on purpose! God has wanted a relationship with you since the day you were born! And you were created to have such a relationship and until you start it there will be that empty spot, a void, something missing! People try to fill it with stuff – different kinds of stuff for different people, but the reality is that to fill that void, the empty spot all it takes is to ask Jesus into your heart!
Have you asked? If not, why not make today your day? Invite Him in, read His Word, and start a relationship that will last for eternity!
Today’s reading starts in the book of Proverbs where Solomon shares wisdom with us…
In All Your Ways Acknowledge Him
1My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my mitzvot.
2For length of days and years of life, and shalom they will add to you.
3Let kindness and truth never leave you— bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
4Then you will gain favor and a good name in the eyes of God and man.
5Trust in Adonai with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding.
6In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
7Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear Adonai and turn away from evil.
8It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.
9Honor Adonai with your wealth and with the first of your entire harvest.
10Then your barns will be filled with plenty, your vats will overflow with new wine.
Discipline as the Father’s Love
11My son, never despise Adonai’s discipline or dread His correction.
12For Adonai loves those He reproves, even as a father, the son in whom he delights.
Precious Pearls, A Tree of Life
13Happy is the man who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding.
14For her trade-value is better than silver, and her yield better than fine gold.
15She is more precious than jewels and nothing you desire compares to her.
16Length of days is in her right hand. In her left hand are riches and honor.
17Her ways are pleasant ways, and all of her paths are shalom.
18She is a tree of life to those who embrace her, and blessed will be all who hold firmly to her.
19By wisdom Adonai founded the earth. By understanding He established the heavens.
20By His knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds drip dew.
21My son, hold on to sound wisdom and discernment, do not let them out of your sight.
22They will be life to your soul, and an ornament to grace your neck.
23Then you will walk on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.
24When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25Have no fear of sudden terror, or of the devastation of the wicked when it comes.
26For Adonai will be your confidence and will keep your foot from a snare.
27Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.
28Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later— I’ll give it tomorrow,” when you have it with you.
29Do not plot evil against your neighbor while he lives trustfully beside you.
30Do not quarrel with a man for no reason —if he has done you no harm.
31Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways.
32For the devious are detestable to Adonai, but He takes the upright into His confidence.
33Adonai’s curse is on a wicked house, but He blesses a righteous home.
34Though He scoffs at the scoffers, He gives grace to the humble.
35The wise inherit honor, but fools are held up in disgrace.
–from Proverbs 3 (TLV)
A Father’s Lesson: Get Wisdom!
1Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction. Pay attention, to gain understanding.
2For I give you sound learning— do not forsake my instruction.
3When I was a son to my father, tender and special to my mother,
4he taught me and said to me: “Lay hold of my words in your heart, keep my commands and you will live!
5Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
6Do not forsake her, and she will guard you. Love her, and she will watch over you.
7Wisdom is supreme—acquire wisdom! With all your acquisitions, get understanding.
8Prize her, and she will exalt you. She will honor you when you embrace her.
9She will set a garland of grace on your head. She will give you a crown of glory.”
Ways of Wisdom and Wickedness
10Listen, my son, and accept my words, so the years of your life will be many.
11I instructed you in the way of wisdom. I have guided you along straight paths.
12When you walk, your step will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble.
13Hold on tightly to instruction, do not let it go— guard it, for it is your life.
14Do not enter the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil people.
15Avoid it—do not travel on it— turn away from it and pass by.
16For they cannot sleep until they do evil. They are robbed of sleep until they make someone fall.
17For they eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence.
18The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, shining brighter and brighter until the full day.
19The way of the wicked is like darkness. They do not know what makes them stumble.
20My son, pay attention to my words— incline your ear to my sayings.
21Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart.
22For they are life to those who find them and health to their whole body.
23Guard your heart diligently, for from it flow the springs of life.
24Put away perversity from your mouth, and keep devious lips far from you.
25Let your eyes look directly ahead, and fix your gaze straight in front of you.
26 Clear a level path for your feet, so all your ways will be firm.
27Do not turn to the right or to the left. Divert your foot from evil.
–from Proverbs 4 (TLV)
Don’t lose hope because of trial! Don’t lose hope because it isn’t easy! God never said it would be easy, but He did say He would be there to strengthen and encourage you all the way through! So let’s consider it all joy! Let’s allow the joy of the Lord to be our strength! Let’s choose to be filled with joy everyday! No need to doubt! No need to fear! Trust in God!
1Jacob, a slave of God and of the Lord Yeshua the Messiah, To the twelve tribes in the Diaspora: Shalom!
Rejoice in Trials
2Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
3knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
4And let endurance have its perfect work, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
5But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all without hesitation and without reproach; and it will be given to him.
6But let him ask in faith, without any doubting—for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
7For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord—
8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
9But let the brother in humble circumstances boast in his high position—
10and the rich person in his humble position, because like the flower of the grass he will pass away.
11For the sun arises with a scorching heat and withers the grass, and its flower falls off and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed. So also the rich man in the midst of his pursuits will wither away.
12Happy is the one who endures testing, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love Him.
13Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”—for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He himself tempts no one.
14But each one is tempted when he is dragged away and enticed by his own desire.
15Then when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is full grown, it brings forth death.
16Do not be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.
17Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
18By His will, He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all He created.
Quick to Listen, Slow to Anger
19Know this, my dear brothers and sisters: let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger—
20for human anger doesn’t produce the righteousness of God.
21So put away all moral filth and excess of evil and receive with humility the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
22But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.
23For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror—
24for once he looks at himself and goes away, he immediately forgets what sort of person he was.
25But the one who looks intently into the perfect Torah, the Torah that gives freedom, and continues in it, not becoming a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts—he shall be blessed in what he does.
26If anyone thinks he is religious and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is futile.
27Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
–from James 1
Don’t lose your cool! Be quick to listen and slow to speak! Be quick to listen and slow to anger! Lean not on your own understanding put your hope and trust in God!