Words from the Heart for Friday May 17th, 2019

If only he would tell you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom is not a simple matter. Listen! God is doubtless punishing you far less than you deserve!

Job 11:6 (NLT)

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The Secrets of Wisdom

In just about every region of Canada there are beautiful locales that the locals know about, but prefer to keep secret from the rest of Canada for fear of being overrun with tourists. A good example is the Old Prison in Trois Riviere, Quebec. If you’ve always wanted to know what it’s like to spend time behind bars but aren’t criminally inclined, bring 14 of your friends and book a night at the Old Prison in Trois-Rivières. Yes, you can pay to be booked, fingerprinted, given prison clothes, sleep in a cell, eat a prison breakfast of porridge and toast, all under the watchful eyes of a warden.

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One of the primary principles of the Kingdom of God is that the wisdom of God is far different than the wisdom of man. Even the wisest human being bases wisdom on what they can perceive with their eyes or assume from their thinking. It is at best an opinion. Only the Creator God is all-knowing and therefore all-wise. At the heart of human thinking is the principle that human beings are by nature good and sometimes they do bad things. God’s wisdom is in fact the opposite. Job 11:6 says, “If only he would tell you the secrets of wisdom, for true wisdom is not a simple matter. Listen! God is doubtless punishing you far less than you deserve!” True wisdom is not a simple thing. Solomon requested godly wisdom and his request was granted. Even so he wasn’t perfect. The verse here in Job is correct. Because of our sin, we all deserve far more than we get. It is only because of God’s great love for us that we are not destroyed. Because grace is the heart of His wisdom.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley