Monday, May 21, 2007

Lesson from the Pulpit

I have decided to create a new category named "Lessons from the Pulpit." Under this category I plan to post short thoughts on sermons that I have recently heard. Since God has blessed my wife and I in placing us in a church where the preaching seems to always "grab" our hearts, I do not think it will be difficult. The only potential problem I can foresee is that, if I do not comment on it soon enough, some of the particulars will begin to fade from my memory. That is a sad indictment of my flesh, and not of the preaching.

This last Sunday morning's sermon was on Proverbs 4. Wisdom. Surely wisdom is something we all desire to gain a little more of. Verse 7 says "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding." In my bible, next to this verse I have a note referring to Proverbs 9: 10 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

By the time our Pastor was half way through the sermon I was ready to go back to school, or maybe commit to trying to learn Greek! Not that I think I can actually find time to do either of those things, but it is a testament to how inspiring I found the sermon.

One of the final points concerned verse 13 which says "Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life." Take hold of what you learn; make it a part of you; put it into practice! I am not sure that any "learning" can even be called wisdom, unless you grasp it in such a way that it is there for you to use when you need it . May God help us all to bring to mind his word each time that we need his guidance. Hmm, guess that would be pretty much all the time!

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