Pay attention and listen
To the sayings of the wise
Apply your heart to what I teach
For it is pleasing
When you keep them in your heart
And have all of them ready on your lips.
So that your trust may be in the Lord
I teach you today, even you.
When we find wisdom, this small section of Proverbs 22 tells us from whom it comes, and its reward. Proverbs 2:6 tells us that not only does wisdom come from Lord but also knowledge and understanding. These three gifts of perception are what we need to follow the path of life and light to our journey’s end.
The Judge has judged that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3) and although the sentence of death cannot be escaped, the very same Judge has given us gifts to carry us through life and to come to know and understand that even death is defeated, and that He will raise us to new life. His seal of wisdom on this guarantee is the life, death and resurrection of Yeshua HaMashiach.
There are many circumstances, situations and things throughout the year that we are not thankful for, but when we apply wisdom, knowledge and understanding we see the hand of the Lord teaching and guiding us through the snares of the adversary. When we take the time to review the numberless blessings He has poured out on us throughout those circumstances, situations and things, we are left only with thanksgiving.
Rejoice in the Lord always.
I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all.
The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything
But in everything
By prayer and petition
Present your requests to God.
And the peace of God
Which transcends all understanding
Will guard your hearts and your minds
In Christ Jesus.
Finally . . .
Whatever is true
Whatever is noble
Whatever is right
Whatever is pure
Whatever is lovely
Whatever is admirable –
If anything is excellent or praiseworthy –
Think about such things. . . .
The Lord is coming!