Words from the Heart for Tuesday November 15th, 2016
But those who came before us will teach you. They will teach you the wisdom of old.
Job 8:10 (NLT)
The Wisdom of Old
Are you young and needing a mentor? Consider someone who is older and wiser and find a way to spend time with them to learn from their life. Are you older and spiritually mature? Pursue a relationship with someone younger so you might encourage them in their spiritual walk with the Lord.
In the February 2013 edition of Canadian Nurse magazine, Lynn McDonald writes an article about the wisdom of Florence Nightingale, the mother of the modern nursing profession. Dr. McDonald writes this: “Most Canadian nurses simply do not know what she did, apart from vague awareness that she founded nursing in the distant past. Nor do they know that there was scarcely any nursing, as patient care, before her, apart from devoted but not well trained nuns. To me, her most significant reform was to create real hospitals out of the dreaded workhouse infirmaries. The infirmaries were the recourse for the vast majority of people, who could not afford hospital fees. Think shared beds, no nurses, no doctors on call and no budget for drugs. Her religious faith prompted her to demand more; surely, a benevolent God wanted quality care for all.”
We live in a day when everybody has an opinion about just about everything and thanks to the internet, they have the ability to let the whole world what they think. But just because you read something online it doesn’t mean that it is true or helpful. In fact, it could be harmful and unwise. So where does a person look for guaranteed good advice? The book of Job is the oldest book in the Bible. It tells the story of a man who lost just about everything and it records the advice of his wife and three of his friends, much of which is no more helpful than much of what is found online today. But there is one bit of truth that we need to heed today. Job 8:10 says “But those who came before us will teach you. They will teach you the wisdom of old.” The Bible is filled with godly advice. It is the Word of God. Human nature hasn’t changed since sin entered into the human condition in the Garden of Eden. And the best advice is that given by our Creator, who has spoken clearly into our world through His Word, the Bible. If you need advice today, get your Bible out and look to see what the Lord has spoken about what you are facing. You will find all you need in what Job describes as the wisdom of old.
These have been words from the heart.