Benefits that Last
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
My son, if you receive my words
and treasure up my commandments with you,
2 making your ear attentive to wisdom
and inclining your heart to understanding;
3 yes, if you call out for insight
and raise your voice for understanding,
4 if you seek it like silver
and search for it as for hidden treasures,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding
If . . .
Note the VERBS
Getting wisdom involves:
Openness - retention - hearing - applying - requesting - diligence
This all suggests a movement toward God
What does God want from you?
To obey from the heart.
Are you serious about wisdom?
If wisdom comes from God, are you pursuing him?
Do you ask yourself when making decisions what it is that would bring
God glory? Or, what would he want you to do?
Do you observe others? Yourself? (The decisions you make)
Do you believe that God’s way is really the wise way?
For . . .
You will gain UNDERSTANDING
This is not something magical
Fear of the Lord
Wise choice upon wise choice
Student of life
What do wise people do?
Slow down I the decision making process
How to live life
I was listen to a message yesterday on a completely different subject. It was based on a bill board the read -
Life is short - have an affair
In that message the pastor defined freedom. Freedom is really not being able to do whatever you want. It is the ability to do what is good.
His father and his affair.
My friend, God is trying to keep you from that.
Look further at what this text says . . .
God will PROTECT YOU
God protects - or wisdom protects - those who pursue wisdom and the are characterized by being upright, people of integrity - godly ones.
Then . . .
You will be protected from evil men
You will be protected from the wayward way
Wayward way is personified by the immoral woman
Sometimes you have to ask what a phrase meant in its context back then to understand what it would mean today.
Dwell in the land
Get kicked out