I, Wisdom, live together with good judgment. I know where to discover knowledge and discernment. Proverbs 8:12
Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore, my soul observes them. The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. I opened my mouth wide and panted, for I longed for Your commandments. Turn to me and be gracious to me, after Your manner with those who love Your name. Establish my footsteps in Your word, and do not let any iniquity have dominion over me. Redeem me from the oppression of man, that I may keep Your precepts. Make Your face shine upon Your servant, and teach me Your statutes. Psalm 119:129-135
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
People everywhere look for insights for how to navigate life. Such insights are referred to as wisdom. Where we look for wisdom and the kind of wisdom that resonates with us depends a great deal on the context or framework from which we view life at any given juncture. The following sentence is found in Scripture: “Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God.” Assuming for the moment that you don’t know where that sentence of Scripture is found, what “purpose” do you think is being referred to. As you consider your answer, the need for knowing the context or framework of understanding that surrounds this sentence about “purpose” becomes apparent.
Consider the word “sharp” for a moment. What possible meanings come to mind? Notice how the following sentences provide a context or framework of meaning for the word, “sharp”: The knife has a very sharp blade; John is a sharp individual; Be there at 8:00 am sharp. Without a context or framework of meaning, we don’t know how to define appropriately the word, “sharp,” but with it we are all set.
In our sentence from Scripture, "Now he who prepared us for this very purpose is God," the sentence itself provides some context or framework of understanding about the use of the word “purpose,” but not enough to show us what specific “purpose” is being referred to. So, we need a bigger context or framework if we are to know the specific purpose. What purpose did you come up with? The actual purpose being referred to is this: Leaving behind our earthly house (our body) for our eternal home in Heaven.
The bigger context or framework of 2 Corinthians 5:1-5 reveals to us the “purpose” being referred to. However, this sentence and the passage it came from were used, not to illustrate the importance of context and framework in writing, but to illustrate the importance of context and framework in life. And this passage wonderfully gives that to us. Living life here (earth) in the context or framework of what comes next (heaven) is huge and has everything to do with our actually living fully for God. The Lord’s Prayer says, “Your (Heavenly Father’s) will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” When we seek to live life on earth in the reality of heaven, we will have a context or framework for living life that keeps in mind that our Heavenly Father calls the shots (commandment, precepts, statutes) about what is right and true, He reveals truth (wisdom) to us, and He empowers us to live that truth in practical ways in everyday life. This is the focus of this week’s Devotionals.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, in my life, I really do want “your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.” I confess though that far too often I get caught up in the things of earth and forget to keep heaven in mind. So, I really need your help with consistently keeping the reality of heaven in my mind and heart. Lord, as the one who is truly in charge, I submit to you and your ordering of my life here on earth. Amen!
Posted on Mon, June 10, 2019
by Ken Hart