Sunday Rest and Reflection:Wise Living
Greetings in the wonderful name of the Lord! The earliest church members were accused of being drunk on wine on the day of Pentecost! Instead, they had the best “high” of all, they were filled with the Holy Spirit! I pray that you will find joy and fellowship in God’s house today with the people of God! Worship and God’s word have wonderful after-effects of hope, encouragement and peace in our souls.
As I reflect on the readings of the last week in Proverbs, I am struck by the great need for God’s wisdom in our lives today. We can so easily become drunk, not just with alcohol, but with the ways of this world and our flesh. Material things and indulgence also dull our souls and cause us to live without purpose. Living for self and things is empty and leaves no lasting satisfaction because stuff doesn’t last and we always want more and better. It becomes outdated, breaks down, or loses it’s ability to give us pleasure.
The fear and honor of God is the beginning of wisdom and source of all true purpose and satisfaction. When I live for God and seek to love and honor Him, I find myself thinking His thoughts and desiring His ways. He is loving and compassionate to all. As I love God, I find myself loving others and wanting the best for them. When I love God and love others, I am most like God and most satisfied with my life and purpose! This is the essence of wise living and a life that God can bless.
May the Lord give you wisdom today to live wisely in this life! “It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”” (1st Corinthians 1:30-31)
In His Love, Pastor John