Monthly Archives: May 2019

June 2019 Devotion

A QUEST FOR WISDOM

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.” (James 1:5-8 NIV)

James’ recipe for wisdom is a three-part process. First, we must ask God for His generous gift. Next, our request must be made with faith. Finally, we must not doubt that the Lord will provide. Who among us does not want to be smarter?

A wind-blown sea wave is a powerful image. With one swoop a whole neighborhood can be destroyed. Hurricanes are powerful; however, a New England Nor’easter is also a destructive dynamo. A Pacific Ocean tidal wave can occur with no warning whatsoever. Who can forget the mudslides wiping out million-dollar estates perched precariously along the California coast?

“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine (Jesus) and puts them into practice is like a wiseman who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did fall, because it had its foundation the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose ad the winds blew and beat against that house, ad it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:23-27 NIV)

The key to avoid being “double-minded” is putting wisdom of Christ into practice. In this manner, we are operating in faith. To be completely candid, the “doubt” part is a struggle at times.

Most people learn to trust God one area at a time. For example, a New Jersey freeway is terrifying for many rural drivers. It can take a while to learn how to trust the Lord’s promises to never abandon us. This is especially true when our kids are driving! In time, many learn to surrender these fears to the Lord. Once free, our houses are built upon “the Rock” and wisdom prevails.

Dear Jesus, please help us with wisdom. We want to build our houses upon the rock rather than shifting sand. Remind us that only through divine wisdom can we taste victory. Cure our hearts from being “double-minded.” We thank you for being or priest and intercessor. We love You! AMEN?

May 2019 Devotion

THINKING DIFFERENTLY

Engineers and mechanics think differently. Essentially, both methods of understanding are correct, important, and useful. When the problem is a leaky water pump, the mechanic’s skilled hands are better than expensive theory. Conversely, when the water pumps keep leaking, engineering is superior.

Our faith in God works in a similar manner. We build our understanding of God based on our experiences, education, and faith. Grandma’s faith is neither superior or inferior to the smartest theologians. Having differing levels of understanding is very beneficial to the Body of Christ.

What I love about God is His ability to interact with people on the exact level of their understanding. He loves the simple prayers of the children just as much as the deep questioning of the intellectual. He seems equally comfortable teaching the spiritual first graders and theologians such as Calvin. Luther, Augustine, and Tertullian. This is an incredible display of God’s brilliance.

To God belong wisdom and power, counsel, and understanding are his, (Job 12:13)

We need to let God teach us. The textbook for this journey is the Bible. Through its pages, we grasp deeper understandings of theology. God’s Word works on every level. The simple stories of the patriarchs are just as significant as complex theology found in Romans and Leviticus. Therefore, we all need to be diligent in our studies.

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)