Benefits of Wisdom (19): Self-Examination

Benefits of Wisdom (19): Self-Examination

Benefits of Wisdom (19): Self-Examination

It takes wisdom for the clever to understand the path they are on, but the fool is deceived by his own foolishness.Proverbs 14:8 (VOICE)

Here is another benefit of wisdom for our meditation – wisdom helps the wise person to examine the course of their lives and ascertain if they are on the right track or not.

By virtue of the heightened mental engagement and reasoning that wisdom avails those who possess it, they are able to do an impassionate audit on themselves to determine if they have been living purposefully or not; if they are on the right path toward achieving their set goals or they have deviated, and what they need to do more of, if they are on the right track; or how they can get their lives back on track in the event they have missed it along the way. This advantage is only available to those who court wisdom.

The second part of that passage says that a fool is deceived by his own foolishness. That means whilst the wise person is hard on himself in self-evaluation, which usually leads to not-so-sweet resolutions on what to stop doing and which discipline to adopt, a fool who is not capable of such mental rigour does not see anything wrong with himself, and only sweet-talks himself into believing that everything is okay. The danger of such self-indulgence is that it results in undesirable consequences that will showcase the fool to the world for who he really is, while the wise one will be proved smart.

The same way wisdom announces the wise as one worthy of associating with, so does folly proclaims the foolish as one to be avoided by all means.

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What God Wants

What God Wants

What God Wants

A man was sleeping at night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light and the Saviour appeared. The Lord told the man He had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might. This the man did, day after day.

For many years he toiled from sun up to sundown, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.

Seeing that the man was showing signs of discouragement, the adversary decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the man’s weary mind: “You have been pushing against that rock for a long time, and it hasn’t budged. Why kill yourself over this? You are never going to move it.”

Thus giving the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man. “Why kill myself over this?” he thought. “I’ll just put in my time, giving just the minimum effort and that will be good enough.” And that was what he planned to do until one day he decided to make it a matter of prayer and take his troubled thoughts to the Lord.

“Lord,” he said, “I have laboured long and hard in your service, putting all my strength to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimetre. What is wrong? Why am I failing?”

The Lord responded compassionately, “My son, when I asked you to serve me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all your strength, which you have done. Never did I mention to you that I expected you to move the rock. Your task was to push, and now you come to me, with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so?

Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscular, your back sinewy and brown, your hands are callused from constant pressure, and your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition, you have grown much and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have.

Yet you haven’t moved the rock. But your calling was to be obedient, push, exercise your faith and trust in My wisdom. This you have done. I, my friend, will now move the rock.”

At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants, when actually what God wants is just simple obedience and faith in Him. By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God who moves the mountains.

– Author Unknown

Meditation: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.Proverbs 3:5

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Six Little Stories

Six Little Stories

Six Little Stories

{1} Once all villagers decided to pray for rain, on the day of prayer all the people gathered, but only one boy came with an umbrella.

That’s FAITH

{2} When you throw a baby in the air, she laughs because she knows you will catch her.

That’s TRUST

{3} Every night we go to bed, without any assurance of being alive the next morning but still we set the alarms to wake up.

That’s HOPE

{4} We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future.

That’s CONFIDENCE

{5} We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children.

That’s LOVE

{6} On an old man’s shirt was written a sentence ‘I am not 80 years old…. I am sweet 16 with 64 years’ experience.’

That’s ATTITUDE

– Author Unknown

Meditation: If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.1 Corinthians 15:19

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Benefits of Wisdom (18): Commendation

Benefits of Wisdom (18): Commendation

Benefits of Wisdom (18): Commendation

A man will be commended according to his wisdom, but he who is of a perverse heart will be despised.Proverbs 12:8

Another benefit of wisdom is the commendation it earns the one who has it. Wisdom attracts acclaim to the person who demonstrates it. Because wisdom is not commonplace, whoever conducts his/her activities by its tenets is easily identified and acknowledged by others, even though such person may not be popular at first.

Also, wisdom earns its possessor favours and business patronage, especially if such a person is in a service or advisory business where the offerings are not tangible. The degree of wisdom of the proponent of such a concern distinguishes her business from the rest in the same industry. As wisdom attracts acclaim to the person, so will his business be esteemed in the marketplace, as people will be willing to do business with her.

A reference case was King Solomon, who was not just universally acknowledged for his wisdom, but was also sought after by everyone that mattered during that period from all over the world. They all came in droves to be afforded the privilege of his presence and to sample his mental resources; and they didn’t come to him empty-handed. Even when it was obvious to all that none of them was as wealthy as Solomon was, they still went to him with their own riches so that they could have access to him. That is an example of the kind of patronage that wisdom attracts. It makes you a hotcake; it wins you acclaim and favours.

“The wisdom of the wise wins praise, but there is no respect for the stupid” (NCV).

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Benefits of Wisdom (17): Maturity

Benefits of Wisdom (17): Maturity

Benefits of Wisdom (17): Maturity

He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his peace. – Proverbs 11:12

Another benefit that wisdom bestows is maturity. Wisdom confers those who possess it with the mental and emotional balance needed to put things in perspective and to accurately evaluate people, issues, and circumstances.

According to our reference passage, a lack of wisdom makes someone despises his/her neighbour, whilst the presence of it makes one peaceable. In other words, it is the absence of wisdom that makes one disagreeable or prone to quarrel. And why that? Because he/she does not have enough mental and emotional resources needed to appreciate the matter at hand or the individual in consideration before relapsing into the offensive – blaming, criticising and fighting them. Such resources are spinoffs of wisdom.

One of the indications of wisdom is an agreeable bearing and an ability to get along with most people. Even when the other person is not congenial, the Bible says a wise person will hold his peace and not return fire for fire. Wisdom makes one mature in disposition as well as friendly and pleasant. While those may seem like commonplace attributes, they are not. It takes more energy to go out of one’s way to be pleasant. In fact, being positive requires more mental and emotional discipline than just flowing with the negatives.

It does not take much ingenuity to attack, blame or find faults. That is why the Bible says it easier for “People without good sense [to] find fault with their neighbors, but those with understanding keep quiet” (NCV).

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