FOUR THINGS TOO WONDERFUL(Pt. 1)

“There are three things that are too amazing for me,four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a young woman “(Proverbs 30:18, 19 NIV).

Someone suggested that we treat the Book of Proverbs like God’s vitamin chest. By this they meant that since there are 31 chapters in the Book of Proverbs(one for each day of the month) we should read a chapter in Proverbs daily in order to gain wisdom. “A chapter a day will keep the devil away”. Whether or not this will keep the enemy of our soul away, it will certainly keep him at bay! Wisdom is more than acquired knowledge. It is the insight necessary to apply that knowledge for practical living.

NATURE OUR CLASSROOM

One of the greatest schools to gain wisdom in is the classroom called Nature. I was reminded of this truth through an article sent to me recently by a friend. In it was the story of Dr. George Washington Carver, who was one of the greatest creation scientist of American History. He shared his secret of unlocking thousands of new discoveries (From the peanut and sweet potato alone) that blessed the world. From Glenn Clark’s book, THE MAN WHO TALKS WITH FLOWERS, Dr. Carver stated, “It is very simple, If one knows how to talk with the Creator…. All my life I have risen regularly at four o’clock and have gone into the woods and talked with God. There He gives me my orders for the day…when people are still asleep I hear God best and learn my plans…after my morning’s talk with God I go into my laboratory and begin to carry out His wishes for the day.”

THE WAY OF THE EAGLE

In Proverbs 30, the observing of “an eagle in the sky” resulted in wonder and wisdom. The eagle has been called “the great monarch of the sky”. In spite of it’s weight, it’s awkwardness on the ground and with a near seven foot wingspan it can lift, soaring into the sky almost effortlessly. Indeed a wonder to behold.  And yet, the deeper wisdom-lesson is that God and you and I the believer is likened to the eagle in the sky.  “Does the eagle soar at your command and build its nest on high? It dwells on a cliff and stays there at night; a rocky crag is its stronghold. From there it looks for food; its eyes detect it from afar. Its young ones feast on blood, and where the slain are, there it is.” (Job 39:27-30 NIV)

Like the eagle, we too have been called to a new dimension. We were made to soars into the heavenlies in Christ (See Ephesians 1:3,2:6). Like the eagle, we too have been sheltered in the cleft of the Rock. “‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself”(Exodus 19:4 NIV).  Like the eagle, we too are to have keen vision. “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people”(Ephesians 1:18 NIV). Like the eagle who hunts for living things, we are to feed on the life of Christ (not dead doctrines). “Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. (John 6:53-57 NIV)

MAKING A DISTINCTION

Those who belong to Christ are to reach out for a higher principle of wisdom. Unfortunately, it is sad to admit that many of God’s people have no spiritual discernment to know the difference between the world’s so called wisdom and spiritual wisdom. Why no distinction? Because often they have been so conditioned by the systems of the world that they have no understanding of the ways of the Kingdom of God. This can only be done by pursuing a Spirit-Walk with the Lord Jesus through daily contact with His word and His ways. His ways are not far from the littlest or youngest follower of Jesus Christ. Recall our Lord Jesus going through many towns that were religious but unrepentant. They were moved by religious traditions but unchanged in their hearts. He warned them that without a radical change in their hearts they stood under God’s judgement. Apparently right after this, He stops to praise the Father regarding the wisdom of His kingdom. “At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do” (Matthew 11:25, 26 NIV). Wisdom from God is a matter of the condition of the heart manifest by walking in His ways. “Wisdom is proved right by her deeds” (Matthew 11:19 NIV). The fruit of our behavior tells what is growing in the heart.

IN HIM IS WISDOM

For the believer, wisdom does not come merely in propositional truths but in a Person, Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul wrote, “Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. But we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord”1 Corinthians 1:20, 21, 23-31 NIV).  

(c) Copyright 2013, Walter Fletcher, Jr. All rights are reserved. This article may be copied and shared free of charge provided that it is not sold or altered from it’s original contents. Please address all correspondence to: Walterfletchetjr@gmail.com.

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