Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Proverbs 8:19

My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver. (NIV)

In today world, many people value intellect, power and wealth above the things of GOD. They seek Google when problems or questions arise, consult social media gurus for opinions and recommendations, follow some renowned book authors for their life directions. The God, who creates Heaven and Earth — who creates all things and mankind created in HIS own image, has given HIS wisdom and advice yet hardly people seek the counsel of His divine instruction. Many even scorned and killed the prophets and servants HE sends to proclaim His wisdom. With their arrogant, they reject HIS Wisdom – Jesus Christ (1Cor 1:24a Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.)

People pursue silver and gold, joy and happiness, peace and prosperity, love and acceptance, power and fame, from all different venues on earth. For a little while seem like they found it yet in the longer term the fruit of what they pursue proven to be poisonous and never satisfy their soul. They, in return, continue their journey in reckless pursue.

STEVE JOBS, founder of Apple company, gave his last words before he died. (Taken from his linkedin)
“I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to. At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death. In the darkness, I look at the green lights from the life supporting machines and hear the humming mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of God and of death drawing closer. Now I know, when we have accumulated sufficient wealth to last our lifetime, we should pursue other matters that are unrelated to wealth. Should be something that is more important: Perhaps relationships, perhaps art, perhaps a dream from younger days…
Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me. God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth. The wealth I have won in my life I cannot bring with me…”

Wisdom from GOD teaches us to live life to the fullness and will bear the fruit that is better than silver and gold. A life to know HIM and Love HIM is a life to love others, a righteous life to be the blessings to many, and a life that is full of joy, mercy, and peace bless by God.

32 “Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me find life and receive favor from the LORD.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.”
(Proverbs 8:32-36 NIV)

A brilliant mind like Steve Jobs eventually realized what he had missed out and catch a small glimpse of “wisdom” while he was on his death bed. While it was too late for him, but it is still in time for many of us.

Pray:

Dear Jesus,
We confess, if we have neglected Your wisdom. Please, Lord, forgive us!
Lord, we thank you for your love. You seek us and urge us to value Your wisdom because You want the best for us. Let us come before You to acknowledge that Your wisdom is better than any gold and silver in this world, Your wisdom is the only true blessing for our lives that will bring eternal love, joy, and peace. Please help us, O-Lord, to have this reality in our hearts, to fear You, and to love Your wisdom.

In Jesus’ precious name I pray, Amen.

(by Ps. Wallace Ong)

xxx

星期三 08.04.2020
作者:王振威传道

我的果实胜过黄金.强如精金.我的出产超乎高银。(箴言8:19和合本)
在当今世界,许多人重视知识,权力和财富,而不是神的事物。他们会在出现问题或有疑问时寻求谷歌的服务,向社交媒体专家咨询意见和建议,并跟随一些著名作家的生活方向。创造天地的上帝—就是那创造了万物并以自己的形象创造人类的神,已经把祂的智慧与与忠告给予我们,但人们几乎没有寻求祂神圣的指示。许多人甚至蔑视并杀死了祂派来宣告祂的智慧的先知和仆人。他们以自己的傲慢拒绝了祂的智慧–耶稣基督(林前 1:24a基督总为 神的能力、 神的智慧)

世上的人们追求金与银,喜悦与幸福,和平与繁荣,爱与接纳,权力与名望。短暂间他们似乎找到了,但是从长远来看,他们追求的结果被证明是有毒的,永远无法满足他们的灵魂。于是,他们将继续不顾一切地去追求。
苹果公司创始人史蒂夫•乔布斯(STEVE JOBS)在死前发表了遗言。 (摘自他的linkedin)

“我达到了商业世界成功的顶峰。在别人眼中,我的生命就是成功的缩影。但是,除了工作之外,我没有什么快乐。最后,财富已成了我的惯常生活。此刻,我躺在病床上,回想起我的一生,我意识到,我引以为傲的所有认可和财富,在即将来临的死亡面前已经黯然失色,变得毫无意义。在黑暗中,我看着生命维持机器发出的绿光,听到嗡嗡作响的机械声,我能感觉到上帝的气息和死亡的气息越来越近。现在我知道,当我们积累了足够的财富来维持自己的一生时,我们应该关注与财富无关的其他事务。那应该是更重要的事情:也许是人际关系,也许是艺术,或者是年轻时的梦想……
不断追求财富只会像我一样,将自己变成一个扭曲的人。上帝给我们的感官是让我们感受到每个人心中的爱,而不是财富带来的幻想。我一生所斩获的财富并不能让我带走……”
来自上帝的智慧教导我们过充实的生活,并将结出比银和金更好的果实。一个认识祂及爱祂的生命也是一个关爱他人的生命,一个公义的生命将成为多人的祝福,是充满上帝喜悦,充满怜悯与和平的生命。

32 众子阿、现在要听从我.因为谨守我道的、便为有福。
33要听教训、就得智慧、不可弃绝。
34听从我、日日在我门口仰望、在我门框旁边等候的、那人便为有福。
35因为寻得我的、就寻得生命、也必蒙耶和华的恩惠。
36得罪我的、却害了自己的性命.恨恶我的、都喜爱死亡。
(箴言8:32-36和合本)

像史蒂夫•乔布斯(Steve Jobs)这样精明的头脑最终意识到他错过了什么,并在他临终的那一刻瞥见了“智慧”。尽管对他来说已经太迟了,但是对于我们许多人来说仍然是及时的。
祈祷:
亲爱的耶稣,
我们承认,如果我们忽略了你的智慧。主啊,请原谅我们!
主啊,我们感谢您的爱。您寻求我们并敦促我们重视您的智慧,因为您想要我们得到最好的。让我们来到您面前,承认您的智慧比这个世界上的任何金银都要好。您的智慧是我们生命中唯一真正的祝福,它将带来永恒的爱,喜乐与和平。上帝,请帮助我们,让我们心中有这样的认知,敬畏您,并爱您的智慧。
我奉耶稣的宝贵名字祈祷,阿们。

陈月妃 译

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