5.06.2017

Proverbs 13: 1-25

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The power of God’s Wisdom # 1
Reading: Proverbs 13: 1-25

God sent God’s Son, Jesus to show God’s wisdom: 1 Corinthians 1:24
If then how did Jesus display God’s wisdom?

Jesus teaches and heals people and performs miracles:
The spiritual wisdom of Jesus works powerfully in the physical world as well.
Jesus uses God’s wisdom to guide, empower, and bless all those who love Jesus.

When his students learned his wisdom, they could teach and heal as well.
When they learn the wisdom of Jesus Christ, they see the Holy Spirit work powerfully in their lives in the name of Jesus.

God is spirit.
God’s wisdom is spiritual.
But God’s spiritual wisdom rules over the physical world as well.
So as God’s people become wise spiritually, they experience God’s possibility in their physical world:
This is how God’s wisdom display in our lives.

Sometimes, we may not know what is the best for us.
So Jesus persuades us to obey him.
If we are willing, Jesus restores our life in spite of ourselves, and blesses us regardless of anything, even when we don’t fully understand.
Jesus can bless us even when we don’t understand our situation.
Jesus even guides people around us to choose right things for our life.
Jesus can bless us in spite of ourselves.
Jesus can bless us to display God’s wisdom.
If Jesus wants to bless, no one can stop Jesus.
In this way, we experience God.

But Jesus still wants his people to understand him.
So Jesus says: Matthew 13:44-46
“God’s kingdom is like a treasure hidden in a field for years.
A trespasser accidentally found it.
He was ecstatic: “What a find!”
Then he sold everything in hurry to raise money and buy that field.

“God’s kingdom is like a jewel merchant on the hunt for excellent pearls.
Finding one that is flawless, he sells everything to buy it.”

Those who don’t know who Jesus is, may pass them by.
But those who understand the price sell everything to buy eternal life.
When we have good knowledge, we may understand what we see.
When God helps us understand, we may use our money to buy the abundance in the Kingdom of God.
We may move along with God and find a blessed life in God.

The Holy Spirit also helps us to understand the price.
The Holy Spirit helps us to understand God’s opportunity and receive God’s blessings.
Then we have God’s abundance in the Kingdom of God.

Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to guide us to understand the fullness of God’s wisdom.
The Holy Spirit helps us to see and feel and experience and sense and discern the will of God.
The Holy Spirit helps us to feel peacefulness about things so that we may choose peace in God.
The Holy Spirit helps us think, speak and listen to God.
The Holy Spirit makes us to be thoughtful and become wise so that we may live a good life.

So before we read the story of Jesus, the greatest display of God’s wisdom, we pray that the Holy Spirit may help us think and ponder and understand and experience God’s wisdom.
Then the power of Holy Spirit produces good fruits to glorify God through us.

Now have you read the Proverbs in the Bible?
It has 31 chapters.
So, some people read one chapter per day to read it in a month.

The Proverbs encourage people to understand and live well financially and socially and spiritually.
The Proverbs help people to think and understand and use well God-given opportunity.

The more people understand the truth, the more they feel peaceful.
The more they become wise to use well knowledge and skills, the more they feel peaceful and live peacefully.
The more they use their own possibility, the more they feel peaceful.
Then God’s people will listen to them as they become wise in God.
Then they also feel peaceful.

Now allow me to share some verses from Proverbs that helped me:
When I felt hesitant to spend money for a seminary education, I felt God gave me these words: Proverbs 23:23
(2) “Buy truth, and do not sell it.
Buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”

Also Proverbs 17:16 says:
“Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it?”

Proverbs 16:20 says:
“Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers.
Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.”
I think God encouraged me to gain knowledge.

Proverbs 18:15 says:
“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge.
The ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”

Somehow, these words encourages me to go to seminary and study.
When I chose to study, God seemed to say:
“You have experienced God.
You have spiritual experiences.
But don’t be arrogant and prideful, because of that.
Study humbly and buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”

Proverbs 19:2-3 also says:
“Desire without knowledge is not good.
How much more will hasty feet miss the way!
A person’s own folly leads to their ruin.
But their heart rages against the Lord.”

Before I learned God’s various lessons, I liked to do some ministry without having a proper education or knowledge.
But God was trying to change me first.
God was trying to teach me a good and proper knowledge first so that God may be able to use me to help other people.

So God helps me to stop running around with various ideas and interest.
God helps me slow down and learn.
God helps me to sit down and study and understand how to help others .
Then I find joy in this learning.

Proverbs 21:3 says:
“To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.”

Some passionate Christians may want to sacrifice their life for God.
But God may ask them:
“Not yet, learn first what is right and just before God.
Know what is acceptable to God.
Then you may not waste your life.
Know what God asks you today.
Learn what is right and good in the eyes of God.
Learn God’s own just and proper way.
Then, God may freely work with you to do what God wants as God loves to do things according to his good wisdom.”

But the Proverbs also says: Proverbs 29:25
“Fear of humans will prove to be a snare.
But those who trust in God is kept safe.”

Even in seminary, God seems to say:
Don’t fear professors and anyone who pretends that they have the power.
Don’t worry about them.
Do not fear them but fear only God.
Don’t worry about how they think of you.
But worry about how God thinks of you, because God has the power.
God is in control.
God is the eternal judge.
God can bless, curse or protect you.

So the Proverbs may ask us to look at God and think about:
“Would God be smiling at my thoughts?
Would God be happy in the way I chose to live?”

Anyway I had fun in seminary at first.
I gained knowledge and wisdom.
I had fun in gaining knowledge.
But I was also distracted as I became proudful again.
I should have been more and more humble before God.

Then God helped me to understand these words: Proverbs 18:12
“Before a downfall the heart is haughty.
But humility comes before honor.”
I learn that God only bless those who are humble before God.

There are those who want to serve God in their own way according to their own passion.
Then after they experience the power of the Holy Spirit, they may jump all over the places as they feel they can change the world.
But at that time, Proverbs 21:5 may say:
“The plans of the diligent lead to profit.
But haste leads to poverty.”

Those who make a quick move without learning to have a good plan, go straight to poverty, financially, spiritually, mentally.
I confessed that I was also someone who wanted quick results.
But the Bible never promised a long lasting blessing for those who are in hurry instead of waiting for God’s guidance and plan.

The Bible asks people to wait for God:
“Be still and know that God is good.”
Give God a chance to prove himself.
Give God a chance to finish God’s works.

After I learn that I have to wait for God, I have sung this song many times.
It helps me to slow down and think:
(2) “Wait for the Lord whose day is near.
Wait for the Lord. Keep watch, take heart.”

Proverbs 14:29 also says:
A patient man has great understanding.
But a quick tempered man displays folly.

Proverbs 16:32 says:
“Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.”

Those who understand learn to become a patient person.
And those who wait patiently gain understanding.
Then God helps them to be better off spiritually, socially and financially.
So those who sit down and wait patiently for God, understand and reap the benefit of God’s works.

Proverbs 19:15 says:
“Laziness brings on deep sleep.
A person with a lack of ambition or purpose goes hungry.”

Those who wait for God become optimistic as they find meaning in their life.
Those who don’t know who God is and don’t understand what God asks them to do, need to find out what God is asking them.
Then they may rejoice with God and experience God’s aducance.

But the Bible does not ask people to work and work and work.
That is not what the Bible says.
Paul says like this: Ephesians 5:14
"Wake up, sleeper!
Rise from the dead.
Christ will shine on you."

What does it say?
When people realize who they are in Jesus, they may live to shine God’s light as Jesus shines on them and through them.
Then the faith of Jesus may shine through them.
This is what the Bible is aiming for.

Lastly Jesus also told this kind of story to tell that the wise are those who are prepared for his coming.
There were ten servants who were waiting for their coming king: Matthew 25:1-13
Five of them were wise.
The rest were foolish.

The wise finish all the preparation to meet their king.
But the foolish were not prepared.
Then as they wait together, they all fell asleep: all ten of them.

The foolish didn’t prepare but fell asleep.
In this way, they made their choice to wait until the last moment.
They put important things until an undefined tomorrow.
This unpreparedness may show that they didn’t really love to be with the coming king.
But then when the king came, it was too late for them to go and prepare themselves.
So they could not be part of the king’s party.

But the wise finish their preparation and wait for the king.
After they finished their preparation, they also fell asleep.
But they were prepared because they loved to be with the coming king.
Because they love the king, they finished what needed to be done.
Then they waited for the king.
Then the king came and celebrated with them.

Through this kind of story, Jesus is saying that the wise are those who are prepared to meet God whom they love.
The wise are those who are prepared to inherit the kingdom of God.
They are willing to obey Jesus.
So Jesus himself prepares them.
They allow Jesus to speak to their life.
So Jesus shares God’s wisdom and makes them wise and be prepared.
Then as they learn of Jesus and gain knowledge about him, they fall in love with Jesus and are prepared for God’s wonderful blessing.

Likewise, when we are prepared for Jesus, God can bless us greatly.
When we are prepared for Jesus, God can help many people through us.
When our hearts are prepared for Jesus, Jesus may freely live among us and help many people spiritually.
Then we experience that many blessings flow from Jesus.
In this way God’s mind and wisdom is known.
Then Jesus receive all the glory.

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for making us wise in God.
Help us to use wisely what we have.
Help your people to wisely serve you.
In your name, we pray.
Amen