Benefits of Wisdom and Knowledge

The benefits of wisdom and knowledge will exceed your wildest imagination

“A litmus test for how much you value and believe the Word of God is how much you prize and seek after obtaining godly wisdom.”  Pastor Brian Hillsong, from www.Hillsong.com collected blog.

This true story illustrates a way to relate to the Lord, and to find the wisdom and knowledge of God. From left to right:  Ginger, Sue, Helen, Jackie, Gail

“We’re here,” said Dad. It was Sunday afternoon, and we were on another family outing. I was around eleven and my three sisters ranged from six to nine years of age. Everyone piled out of the car onto the desert floor, including our parents, John and Helen. It was a mild, picturesque day in Arizona, and lunch was to be roasted weenies!

“We need to build a campfire to roast the weenies, and we need fuel for the fire,” began our Dad, as he removed a small shovel from the trunk.

As he knelt to dig a small pit, he said, “I’ll teach you girls how to start this fire without a match!”

I was eager to see how he would perform his feat

We were all ears, and I was eager to see how he would perform his feat.

“We need dry grass for tinder, twigs for kindling, wood to put on top that will burn easily, and some bigger sticks that will keep burning so we can cook. In addition, we need some rocks to put around this pit to keep the fire under control. We don’t want to start a wild fire.” The vegetation was sparse and there was little concern, yet he wanted to teach us survival skills and safety protocols.

We all listened with labored patience, because we had already learned how to construct a campfire in girls clubs. Yet, we adored our father, and gave him our rapt attention.

When he said, “Go!” we joyfully raced out into the desert to find all of the necessary elements he described. Dad continued to carefully dig, and Mom noticed the smug, hidden grin on his face. All the activity turned into a major production as we came running back, each with our own special find. “That’s good honey, but we need some more,” he directed, and so we hurried back to the desert and hunted for the next treasure.

The suspense mounted

He urged and cheered us on for about half an hour until enough material was on hand. The suspense mounted as he defined the basics of building a fire, of first laying out the grass, and methodically placing each twig, “just so.” My eyes were glued to the process while he performed each step and explained everything in careful detail, because he was our beloved father.

Finally, he was ready! However, he did a curious thing. He took a rifle shell from his pocket, and delicately removed the bullet with his knife; then gingerly poured the gunpowder from the shell casing onto the tee pee shaped structure. Casually, he stood to take a break and light a cigarette. He made small talk, while we anxiously waited to see how he would start the fire. “Are you girls hungry?” he teased, knowing that we had worked up an appetite.

“Yes,” we shrieked in unison.

We watched with unsuspecting awe

“Okay, let’s get this fire started.” We watched with unsuspecting awe when he bent over the fire pit and ignited it by simply touching the gunpowder with the tip of his cigarette. The fire blazed in mere seconds.  His familiar ornery smile appeared openly as our chagrin set in.

“Ah Dad,” we whinned, “We thought you were going to rub two sticks together,” and giggled somewhat disappointed. All of us had fallen for his fantastic scheme: “hook, line, and sinker”. Then everyone, including our Mom knew that Dad already had his so- called “picnic.” He feasted on every second of our dismay.

“Helen, where are those wieners?” he howled.

“Right here,” she beamed, “We need some sticks to roast the weenies on.”

Dad laughed outright with infectious glee, as he said, “Come on girls, let’s go cut those sticks.” We bounded after him while Mom kept a watchful eye on the fire.

We wanted so much to please Dad on that family outing, and the materials we searched for were “treasures” to us. Why? Our Daddy was giving us his undivided attention, and we wanted to spend time with him. It was great fun!

Rainbows are one of many treasures found in the desert.

Picture by Sue Newbanks

Safety protocols equal love

Our Dad demonstrated love when he taught us how to avoid starting wild fires in the desert. In a similar fashion, our LORD wants us to live an abundant life without “wild fires” that can so easily get out of control.

 

  • “Wild fires” are circumstances that we set into motion by making wrong choices, often made out of ignorance or arrogance. Whatever the reason for the choice, consequences can be long and painful. By following God’s precepts or principles, “wild fires” may be avoided.

 

  • If we seek wisdom, our lives will change and we will experience many benefits, which will exceed our wildest imagination. God promises!

 

  • As we begin our search for wisdom, we must become like little children, running around in the desert searching for treasures in order to learn the lessons that our Father has prepared to teach us. So let us gather the tinder, kindling, and wood, dig the pit, surround it with stones, and build our “bonfire”.

God’s Gift to You

Jesus paid it all

How do you know where you will spend eternity? Jesus took the punishment for the sins of the whole world, but like all gifts you receive, you must take possession of it to enjoy the benefits.

God loves you. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, or what’s been done to you. There are no perfect people in God’s kingdom, and He wants it that way. Your weaknesses give you an incredible ability to serve by helping others with similar struggles. God wants you to know you are valued, and to share his love and gift with others.

Not just one gift but many

This gift is always portrayed as only one gift, but in truth, it is many gifts. You have probably heard that God’s gift is eternal life, but it is so much more than that. He also offers forgiveness, adoption, a family, a position, a future, and help. When we choose to accept God’s gift, we get more than we ever dreamed possible.

Why does God love us?

When God created us, he desired a relationship with us, just as we desire relationships with our kids or our parents. He created us to be with Him. He walked and talked with Adam and Eve in the garden on a daily basis. However, He also gave us the ability to make choices for ourselves. He wanted us to have free will. When He set up paradise for Adam and Eve, He only gave them one rule. He told them;  all of this is yours, but don’t eat from one tree. Our generous God even told Adam and Eve what the consequences of eating the fruit would be. He didn’t just say, “because I said so.”

“…you are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it;  you will certainly die.”

Adam and Eve chose to break that rule, and the consequences impacted all of us. Because they chose to disobey; they passed on the sin nature to us in our genetic code. Their choice separated all of us from God.  When someone we love breaks our trust, it causes a separation.  Reconciliation requires forgiveness and healing.

God forgives even when we don’t care

Have you ever chosen to forgive someone that could care less that they hurt you? God did. He did not want His children separated from Him, so he created a bridge.  He gave up his own Son to bridge the gap.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16 KJV).

Jesus, God’s Son, was the only person that could live a perfect life because he is God. He was the only one that could make us right before God the Father.  Jesus gave his life willingly and endured all the temptations that we struggle with, and knows our struggles.  He was tempted, wept over the loss of a friend, was betrayed by someone close to him, and was abandoned in his greatest time of need.

Because of his perfect life, death could not hold him!  After he was buried for three days, he rose again and was seen by over 500 witnesses.

Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man comes unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6 ).

All you need to do is confess with your mouth, and believe in your heart what the Bible says about him; then you will receive these wonderful gifts from God.

For if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.

For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:9-10).

There is nothing you can do to earn these gifts. You are saved by grace, through faith and not of yourself; it is the gift of God, not of works so that no man can boast. However, you must accept the gift in order to receive it.

What will you do with God’s gift to you? Do you accept it?