Thursday, 2 April 2020
My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—
3 indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the LORD
and find the knowledge of God.
6 For the LORD gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
7 He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8 for he guards the course of the just
and protects the way of his faithful ones.
Good morning brothers and sisters, I thank Pastor Wallace for sharing the devotion yesterday. Today, let us look at Proverbs 2:1-8. Here you see a loving father teaching his son how to reverence or respect and know God. They are like hidden treasures or like mining for silver. You need to do some exploring, prospecting, and digging to find these hidden treasures. He listed 8 prerequisites as to how to learn to fear God and gain wisdom from Him.
Proverbs 2.1-2 “IF YOU”
• Receive or accept God’s Word
• Hide away, store it up, treasure God’s commands
• Give, listen intently, incline, tune your ears to wisdom
• Apply your heart to understanding; think what it means
Proverbs 2.3-4 “IF YOU”
• Cry, call out for wisdom and insight
• Cry out aloud, beg, for understanding
• Search, seek, look for knowledge as though it were silver
• Look for, search for knowledge as though it were hidden treasure
Proverbs 2.5-8 “THEN you will”
• Understand what it means to fear the Lord
• Gain knowledge of God
• Obtain from God his wisdom
• Receive protection from God
The Bible often uses the words ‘knowledge, understanding, and wisdom’ interchangeably, but occasionally they are spoken of as separate and distinct. It may be helpful to attempt to define the differences of meaning.
Knowledge is about storing up of facts, information and memory.
Understanding is the ability to find meaning, principles or reasoning to the knowledge acquired.
Wisdom is the ability to know what to do next; or how to apply the knowledge and understanding in an appropriate manner, time and place.
Our prayer in response to God’s word today:
Our Father in heaven, we thank you for you are Wisdom and source of all wisdom. We come to you with humility to cry out, to beg you to grant us wisdom in this unprecedented time. We admit Lord, we are proud to listen; too lazy to search, too stubborn to submit, too easily distracted by the things of the world, to gain wisdom from you daily. Grant us a desire to know you intimately through your Word daily.
Thank you for the lockdown, so that we can be kept safe. More so Lord, we are grateful that we can have time with you and with our families. We pray for our fathers in the home that they will take up their spiritual leadership to be a wise and responsible father to teach our children to fear God and know the wisdom of God. Lord, help our fathers to lead our families in daily worship. May this be the opportune time to strengthen the walls of our families that we leave no room for the evil one to have no foothold in our homes. Lord, bless our homes.
Lord, our hearts are drawn to the complexity of the pandemic that has shaken the world. The world is being awakened to the fact that all our brilliant health plans, economic strategy, our political shrewdness are falling apart. We are thankful, in the midst of turmoil, you are still the Rock of our Salvation; you are our fortress and you are our present help in times of trouble. We praise you Lord.
We pray for all those who are economically and physically at a disadvantage in this critical time. We pray for those who have contracted the Coronavirus, heal them Lord. We pray for wisdom and strength; protection and provision for all the frontline workers and their families. Give our church leadership wisdom as to how we can be actively reaching out to such people where we are.
We praise and thank you in Jesus Name, Amen
Pastor Isaac Yim
我儿，你若领受我的言语，存记我的命令， 2 侧耳听智慧，专心求聪明， 3 呼求明哲，扬声求聪明， 4 寻找她如寻找银子，搜求她如搜求隐藏的珍宝， 5 你就明白敬畏耶和华，得以认识神。 6 因为耶和华赐人智慧，知识和聪明都由他口而出。 7 他给正直人存留真智慧，给行为纯正的人做盾牌， 8 为要保守公平人的路，护庇虔敬人的道。 9 你也必明白仁义、公平、正直，一切的善道。 10 智慧必入你心，你的灵要以知识为美。 11 谋略必护卫你，聪明必保守你， 12 要救你脱离恶道[a]，脱离说乖谬话的人。
箴言 2：1-2 ‘你若’
箴言 2：3-4 ‘你若’
箴言 2:5-8 ’你就’