An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Plate or Sterling?

(Proverbs 19:8 KJV)  He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good.

The one who “gets” (7069) “wisdom” (3820) has a reward.  It includes a healthy regard for where he will spend eternity.  This process of getting has the idea of seeking out, not just the result of an accident.  To get something means you make a choice and take action with that in mind.

But there is a surprise for us here.  At least it was a surprise for me.  The word for “wisdom” (3820) is not the usual word for wisdom.  This word is usually translated “heart” as here: 
(Deuteronomy 6:5 KJV)  And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
I am tempted to paraphrase again.  “If you care about your soul you will deal with your heart.”  We are to be seeking a radical change in our hearts if we are concerned about our eternal destiny.

How much are we responsible for what goes on in our lives?  Some, but the real key is calling upon God to do what He wants to do in our lives.  Some people think that Pentecost and the power of the Holy Spirit to change lives is a new revelation of the New Covenant.  Once again we see that the Bible has these themes that run through the entire book.  For example look at this sample:
(Ezekiel 11:19 KJV)  And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
That word “heart” is our word “wisdom”.

There is no half way Christian life.  We are called to offer our all.  It is not our action of offering that changes our heart but the willingness of Almighty God to accept the offer and work a miracle, replacing stone with flesh.  Trying to get your heart right is like a teamster trying to move 40 tons of truck by rolling up his sleeves and pushing.  Use the power.

So?  Have you made the offer?  Or are you still satisfied with silver plate instead of sterling?

No comments: