Where Wisdom Begins

Wisdom, the knowledge of what is true and right, coupled with just judgment as to action, discernment and insight, is a gift from God that He gives as we earnestly seek Him. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. – (Proverbs 9:10 NIV) Wisdom begins with fear and respect for the Lord. Knowledge of the Holy One leads to understanding. (ERV)

 

With all of the chaos and turmoil present in the world, Godly wisdom is an attribute from which I would most certainly benefit. I need to know what is true and right in His eyes, not man’s nor my own, and I must be able to act justly, utilize discernment, and offer insight to those who ask. Daily, I must earnestly seek Him, for He alone is the Source of all wisdom and knowledge to know what is true and right before Him.

 

Each morning I rise,Where Wisdom Begins

to seek and to pray;

to ask You to lead,

to show me Your way.

Lord, grant me wisdom,

knowledge of what’s true;

also sound judgment,

and Your insight too.

Help me understand,

things that are unclear;

draw me closer still,

and show me You’re near.

God I stand in awe,

may my life bring praise;

all glory to You,

for all of my days.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that as we grow in understanding of You, and put You in the proper place in our lives, You reveal more of Yourself to us, and grant us wisdom and understanding that we did not have before. Thank You that every good and perfect gift comes from You. Thank You that there is nothing that we can do to earn Your love nor Your grace, for You willingly give all that You are to us, simply because we are Your created. Forgive us for not seeking You, as You are ready to reveal so much more to us than we understand. Teach us to trust You more, and help us to place You first in our hearts and lives. May we live and love in the wisdom and understanding that You provide, so that people are drawn to hearts where You reside. Let those who are looking, find a forever faith in You. Be exalted, O God. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

May God Almighty grant you mercy. – Genesis 43:14

 

 

Bless Because He Blesses Us

“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.  Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.” – I Peter 3:8-9

photo by Lori Thomason

“Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless – that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.” (The Message)

To be agreeable, our character need be one that is pleasant, likable, accommodating, gracious, amiable, compatible and harmonious.  In order to be sympathetic, we are to commiserate with kindness and tenderness, with those who are hurting.  To be loving, we are to extend the same profound tenderness that God has given us, to all those who are around us.  Humility and modesty go hand-in-hand.  For anything that is good that we have to give, is a gift from God, for which we cannot claim credit.

As we allow Him the reigns, our Redeemer reconstructs our wreckage, so that we may more clearly become a reflection of Him.  As we acquire His attributes (by His Holy Spirit), we learn to respond in love at all times, even as we are under attack.  We are asked to bless and not to harm.  As we allow His heart to help and heal our own, we become better equipped to extend blessings to others, even when the intent toward us is evil.  Our ultimate reward is the promised blessing of being in His eternal presence in heaven.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You do not ask anything of us that You will not also equip us to do.  Teach us to depend on You to shape our character, so that we may better reflect the remarkable mercy and grace that You have given each of us.  May we be sympathetic and loving, humble and harmonious, even when all that is within us wants to repay evil with evil, so that we may offer blessings as we live in Your lavish love.  Equip us to extend blessings, so that ultimately, the recipient will want to receive You.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present