Words from the Heart for Monday September 18th, 2017
Give instruction to the wise, and they will become wiser still; teach the righteous and they will gain in learning.
Proverbs 9:9 (NRSV)
The Wise and the Righteous
When we develop an “appetite” for wisdom we will not be satisfied with just a little. We will eagerly desire more from the Lord. Sin distracts. Self-satisfaction is deceiving. A healthy hunger for wisdom and righteousness clears the way for more to be received from the Lord.
The title “Righteous Among the Nations” is awarded to non-Jewish individuals who risked their lives and the lives of their families to rescue Jews from the threat of death during the Holocaust. The price that rescuers paid, if caught, was extermination. The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem or CSYV has the responsibility to honor the “Righteous Among the Nations” or their descendants living in Canada, on behalf of the State of Israel. The CSYV has honoured 20 individuals in special ceremonies.
Being able to live a life that honours God is a bit of a process. The Bible has a number of wisdom books, including the book of Proverbs. It tells us that a life that makes the most sense begins with an overwhelming sense of God’s awesome nature and power – the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Once we have begun to seek God’s wisdom, the more wise we become, and the more wise we become, the more righteousness God can pour into our lives. King Solomon wisely outlines this in Proverbs 9:9: “Give instruction to the wise, and they will become wiser still; teach the righteous and they will gain in learning.” Once we have gained the wisdom that comes in acknowledging God’s holy nature, the Lord knows He can continue to instruct us, and as He does, our wisdom will increase. He also knows that once He has poured His righteous nature into us, as we have trusted Jesus Christ, the more of Him and His nature we long to experience. Have you trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour? If not, do so today. It’s a wise thing to do.
These have been words from the heart.