Posts Tagged ‘ Wise ’

Building on the Rock

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock…And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand.” Matthew 7:24, 26 NRSV

MP900447716[1]Jesus made it clear that the wise man builds his house on the rock. The foolish man builds his house on sinking sand.

That’s a great principle, and an awesome truth. I can truly say that I want to be wise, and I certainly want to build my life on the rock, and avoid sinking sand at all costs.

The problem is, knowing exactly what things are solid ground and what things in life are sandy soil. The writer of Proverbs helps us with that. Proverbs 14:15-22 gives a list of contrasting characteristics that define what actions wise and foolish people do. The actions of the wise build lives on solid ground. The actions of the foolish build on sinking sand.

The wise consider their steps.

They exercise caution.

They count the cost before making decisions.

They turn away from evil.

They orient their lives around truth.

They passionately pursue God.

The foolish believe everything.

They throw caution to the wind.

They show no restraint.

They are careless.

The are quick-tempered and impulsive.

They act foolishly.

They fill their mouths with lies.

They plan evil and pursue folly. Proverbs 14:15-22 paraphrased

I want to live like a someone who is wise, as I’m sure you do. These are simple reminders of what we all need to do to continue building lives that are both rock solid and pleasing to God!

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Opportunity Knocks: Will You Answer?

Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. Peter 1:14 NRSV

MP900449043[1]Opportunity came knocking. I answered.

“It looked like fun. I knew I shouldn’t do it, but I did it anyway. I thought, how bad could it be?”

Now look where I am. I’m in a hole.

The story is as old as humankind.

Even when we make bad choices, God is still at work in our lives. God knows when we fall, and sees us languishing in our holes. God graciously orders circumstances in our lives to give us the opportunity to turn our lives around. In our weakness, God offers us strength. In our confusion, God offers clarity. In our bondage, God offers us freedom. In our brokenness, God offers us wholeness.

There will always be opportunities to fall and inclinations to sin. There will also be opportunities to love God and respond to God’s grace.

MP900446559[1]So whether or not you are in a hole right now, which way are you leaning? Are you inclined to acknowledge God, accept God’s love for you, submit to God’s will, and conform your life to a pattern of holy living? Or are you more inclined to satisfy your own desires and live by your own rules?

Christians have a choice. We get to choose the kind of life we live. The choice is to follow evil desires, or to strive to be holy in all we do. We must choose wisely when opportunity comes knocking!

Of course this is not a one-time choice. It’s a decision we have to reaffirm day by day, and sometimes moment by moment!

Today’s verse reminds us that when opportunity knocks we are to choose wisely, and conform our lives to what God wants. We are to align our behaviors with the One who calls us. We are to live by God’s law, by the principles outlined in God’s Word, and by the example given us by Jesus Christ.

Then we will glorify God and stay out of the hole, no matter what opportunity or inclination comes our way!

Believing Foolishness

…God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. 1Corinthians 1:21 NRSV

Jill Carattini writes, “…foolishness and weakness imbibe the Christian story.”

When you think about it, she’s right! It made no sense for God to speak to theFaith world through a man born in a desert town to two poor parents. It made no sense for Jesus to eat with sinners and count the poor as friends. It made no sense for God to save the world by using a Savior who humbled himself to death, even the death of a cross.

The wisdom of this world calls the gospel of Jesus Christ foolishness. Had it been up to them, the worldly wise probably would have crafted a very different plan of salvation. But that plan would have failed. That’s because those who believe what the world says end up deceived by sin and on a collision course with death. To me that’s real foolishness!

Wise people follow the wisdom that gives sight to the blind, that makes the lame to walk, that heals the sick and washes sin away! Wise people look for the path that leads to life!

God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom (1Corinthians 1:25). Since that’s true, then I think it only makes sense to put my full faith in God, and to believe the gospel of Jesus Christ. If that means believing foolishness, then count me a fool!

All I know is that once I was lost, and now I’m found. So I am going to just keep on following the one who found me!

Why not come along? Believe some of God’s foolishness today!

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Do God’s Thing

The wise listen to advice, while fools think they know what is best. Proverbs 12:15 adapted00083671

I grew up in an age where it was popular to say, “Do your own thing!”   That’s a great idea if you know what’s best. The problem is that what seems best is often what feels good. But feeling good and doing good don’t always lead to the same end.

The writer of Proverbs reminds me that when I think I know what is best, I am setting myself up for trouble. I am acting like a fool when all I do is to do my own thing.

It’s only when I look outside of myself, when I turn to God and listen to the truths of Scripture, that I am acting wisely.Confident businesswoman in futuristic interior.

That’s because God knows what’s best for me. God also knows what’s best  in the context of God’s creative plan for my life. God knows the big picture, and God knows where I fit into it!

That tells me that my best bet is to do God’s thing.

After all, that’s what we were all created to do!

 

The Wise & Foolish

The wise consider their steps,

Copy of j0396155they exercise caution,

they count the cost before making decisions,

they turn away from evil,

they orient their lives around truth,

they passionately pursue God.

 

The foolish believe everything they hear,

they throw caution to the wind,

MP900443147[1]they exercise no restraint,

they are careless,

they are quick-tempered and impulsive,

they act foolishly,

they fill their mouths with lies,

they plan evil and pursue folly.

 

Be smart. Do what wise people do!

Proverbs 14:15-22 adapted