Wisdom for Your Wednesday!

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“Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: ‘How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple?’ “

“For the simple are killed by their turning away. . .”

Proverbs 1:20-22a, 32a

An antonym of being a wise person is being a simple person. Simple here means always taking the easy, comfortable route. A simple person never does anything that is difficult. If it’s hard, a simple person sits it out.

Need a good, solid, biblical, healthy resolution for 2014? Resolve not to be simple. To put it another way, resolve to push through knowing that difficulty almost always produces the goodness you desire.

Resolve to push through the craving for the third helping of dessert.

Resolve to push through the temptation to snap back at your spouse.

Resolve to push through getting up when your alarm goes off so you can spend time with the Lord.

Resolve to push through when your Bible reading plan gets to Leviticus.

Resolve to push through when you want to spend what’s not in the budget.

Resolve to push through when you don’t want to exercise.

Resolve to push through when you really don’t have the energy to focus on your kids.

Resolve to push through when you don’t feel like sharing your faith.

Resolve to push through when you don’t think you need to pray.

The simple? They always take the easy way. Wisdom? It knows the value of pushing through . . .especially at that moment of difficulty.

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3 thoughts on “Wisdom for Your Wednesday!

  1. Rodney Wimberly says:

    I think Leviticus gets a bad rap, it is quite interesting, truly. Leviticus tells us how God expects us to live together and how He expects His children to behave. Read Leviticus through that lens sometime, it just may change your whole attitude toward reading it and with it life.

    • J.B. says:

      I think reading it that way will cause people to become legalistic. The book of Leviticus is actually about how God expects us to worship Him: Sacrifice. Sacrifice is at the heart of worship (Gen 22:5, Rom 12:1). We sacrifice our time and talent when we attend church meetings, teach Sunday school class, visit the sick, or serve as a greeter, praise team musician, choir singer, usher, etc. We sacrifice our finances when (and sadly “if”) we tithe. We show God how important He is to us by making sacrifices for Him, because He made the ultimate sacrifice for us. He gave His life, He expects us to give Him our life as well. The sacrifices in the first part of Leviticus are fulfilled in the atonement through the death of Jesus. The laws in the rest of the book are given to God’s people who were operating under a theocracy at the time. Yahweh was their God, their king, and their civil ruler. Even though God is still our primary leader, we now have a democratic government to make and enforce civil laws. And God tells us in Romans 13 that we are supposed to submit to their leadership. The civil laws of the Old Testament were meant for a specific group of people at a specific point in history. We have our own civil laws now. Only the laws that have been repeated in the New Testament (lying, stealing, homosexuality, loving your neighbor, etc.) are still applicable to the Christian life. If you want to know how God expects His people to behave, Romans 12 is a good reference.

      The whole book of Leviticus points to Christ, and that in the “lens” we should read it through. Here is a good example… Leviticus 14 talks about what someone is supposed to do when they have a skin disease or have contaminated objects. They go through a cleansing process, which involves a priest. Hebrews 7 says that we have a superior high priest in Christ, and in Matthew 8:1-4 our High Priest cleansed someone of his skin disease and told him to show a priest and say that he was healed by what Moses prescribed. I believe the “Moses” reference was what Moses wrote in Leviticus 14.

      Jesus is all over that book, from the descriptions of the sacrifices to the inability of His people to keep His laws. It all points to the need of a Savior to be the perfect sacrifice for all of humanity.

      • Rodney Wimberly says:

        Let me be plain, legalism has absolutely nothing to do with my salvation, I am saved by Jesus’ grace and that alone, there is nothing I can or could have done to receive salvation other than accept Jesus, He paid it all. But once we do accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, the dynamic changes. He becomes so much more than a get out of hell free card. By His blood we are able to daily enter into the Holy of Holies and commune with The Father.

        Legalism and legalistic are terms modern day Christians have come up with to salve their conscience when they choose to disobey God without having to call it disobedience because once one becomes a child of God, when He tells you to do something it becomes pretty darn legalistic pretty darn quick. If one has children they understand the truth of this.

        I’m not talking about lost people here because Leviticus does not apply to them. Remember the secret our Pastor is continually sharing with us when he says, “Come in real close and listen, lost people are going to act like lost people.” Christians, children of The Living God are called to obey our God, but He gives us a choice, just like He gives us a choice whether to accept His Son as Savior or not. I thank God for the blood that covers me when I disobey, which is much more frequent than I wish; But I do not disobey because I am trying to avoid legalism, I disobey because it is my nature.

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