Friday, May 14, 2010

It doesn't say without understanding

Heb 11:6  But without faith it is impossible to please God.

At the conference a few weekends ago, the priest pointed out this.  Without faith, it is impossible to please God.  It doesn't say without understanding.  His point was that contrary to worldly wisdom, we don't need to understand everything before we believe it or do it, especially when it comes to God.  In fact, understanding is said to come after faith and obedience.

He referenced John 8:31-32:  Jesus then said to the Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."  If we continue in His word (belief in Him and continuance in His word, which includes the right and proper way of behavior, or obedience to God), then we are truly His disciples and then we will know the truth which will set us free.

Pro 2:6-11  For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and preserving the way of his saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path;  for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you; understanding will guard you; 

So we know we have to seek wisdom like hidden treasure.  We also know we should ask God for it, but we must ask with faith:
Jas 1:5  If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 

Wisdom does not come at random to people who do not fear the Lord or obey His commandments. 
Pro 1:24-31  Because I have called and you refused to listen, have stretched out my hand and no one has heeded, and you have ignored all my counsel and would have none of my reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when panic strikes you, when panic strikes you like a storm, and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.  Then they will call upon me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD, would have none of my counsel, and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way and be sated with their own devices.

We must ask for wisdom and seek wisdom and obey the Lord, lest we be no more than fools.
Rom 1:22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 
Pro 1:7  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

There are two types of wisdom - worldly and Godly.  The first time we see wisdom in the Bible it is the worldly wisdom that is so attractive to Eve.  We can see Godly wisdom in Proverbs and elsewhere, discussing how those who follow it and search for it and find it find true happiness.  Worldly wisdom leads to death; Godly wisdom leads to life.

It is only the Lord's wisdom that can create the universe:
Pro 3:19  The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens;

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