Wisdom & Understanding

Wisdom & Understanding

In the Bible, we often see that wisdom and understanding are linked together strongly.

The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens . . .  (Pro 3:19 NKJV)

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.  (Pro 2:6 NIV)

The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.  (Pro 4:7 NIV)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.  (Pro 9:10 NIV)

He has made the earth by His power; He has established the world by His wisdom, and stretched out the heaven by His understanding.  (Jer 51:15 NKJV)

The Lord uses wisdom and understanding together in combination to establish and accomplish great and mighty things.  Because we are made in God’s image (Gen 9:6 NKJV) and since Christ is our example (1 Pet 2:21 NKJV), we too are strongly encouraged by the Word to gain wisdom and understanding. 

Wisdom means prudence, insight, perceptiveness, or good judgment. 

Understanding means empathy, kindness, or awareness.  In considering these two attributes, we can see how they would work together quite effectively and supportively.

Daily, we can expand and increase both of these characteristics in our lives by reading the Bible faithfully.  No matter what book of the Bible or what topic we may read, the Word of God is filled with the Spirit and the power of God—as well as God’s wisdom and understanding.  The more we fill our hearts and minds with the Word, the more that we will operate with the wisdom and understanding of God.

Be eager students of the Word and you will reap the blessed and life-changing benefits. 

Abandon the Fear of Man

Abandon the Fear of Man

Hello, and thanks for checking stopping by.  The fear of man means having a concern for men’s opinions; being affected by another person’s good opinion of you; or a desire to be popular with others.

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?  (Psalm 118:6 NKJV)

The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.  (Proverbs 29:25 NKJV)

So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”  (Hebrews 13:6 NKJV)

The one who trusts in the Lord shall be safe.  Safe means secure or set on high.  Don’t look for man’s approval; look for God’s approval.

He will make you secure, protected and sheltered in His love and mercy.  (Ex 14:14; Ps 32:7; 46:1; Isa 54:17)

The Lord will also give you success in life. (Josh 1:8; Eccl 10:10; Ps 1:1-3; Pro 16:3; 1 Kgs 2:3)  God’s opinion should be the ONLY one about which we’re concerned!

A Light Burden

A Light Burden

Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.  (Mat 11:29-30)

The Lord Jesus is saying that He is meek, humble, and tender-hearted when He says He is gentle.  Lowly in heart can mean simple and unpretentious at heart.  And when Jesus states that His yoke is easy, He’s saying that union with Him is useful, pleasant, good, and suitable for us.

In contrast to the heavy, legal burden of Judaism, Jesus calls for an open, free and loyal relationship (My yoke).  This type of relationship enables, aids; or supports obedience to the law’s righteousness.  (My burden

When we accepted Christ as Savior, we accepted Jesus’ righteousness.  He completed His work—we are saved!  Therefore, our burden indeed is light, because He bore it on our behalf.  And now we are privileged to be yoked to Him in love, devotion, and thanksgiving forever.