The word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: ” ‘You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.’ ” Ezekiel 28:11-12
God is asking Ezekiel to weep over Tyre. The city had been described in the previous chapters as being one of the best of the best cities in the world. Now God describes it as one of perfection, wisdom and beauty. Everything that a city could want or be, this city was. Yet, they had chosen to reject God and live a life of sin. They promoted dishonest trade and sin, and now God was going to destroy them and wipe them off the face of the earth.
There have been people and nations whom God has raised up for great things. He has given them His favor in every area of their life. Everything that they touch appears to turn to gold. Success is seen in everything they do.
In the process of gaining all that great wisdom and perfection, many have lost one thing that made it all possible. They have lost sight of God and what He desires.
Over time, many great nations have fallen and been destroyed. Some have been completely wiped of the face of the earth, while others have been made very small compared to what they once were. Looking back over their history, one can see how the nation had turned away from God, which led to their downfall and destruction.
Neither nation nor individual is immune to this happening. Over the years there have been many believers who have risen up very high in status and ministry throughout the world, who have chosen a moment of sin over God. Once the choice was made, there have been the consequences and their ministry has crumbled, destroyed forever.
No matter what your position in this life is, high or low, small or great, in Jesus you are in the position of wisdom, beauty, and perfection. God can and will do great things in and through you, if you stay in that position.
Do not allow pride or sin to diminish who God made you to be. Do not put God in a position of saying “you were”. Allow Him to say “you are” in Jesus the sign of perfection, wisdom and beauty.
I pray today that you will be all God made you to be; that you will not allow sin in your life; that you will be filled with God’s perfection, wisdom and beauty; and that God will use you to build His kingdom on this earth.
With schools starting up around the nation, one of the common statements being heard is that knowledge is power. Students from kindergarten, all the way through graduate schools are told this statement. It is believed to be started by Francis Bacon, a philosopher and scientist, in 1597. This makes the statement several hundred years old.
The thought behind this statement is that if you have knowledge, you will have more power than someone else who does not have that knowledge.
Having this power is something that can be used in positive or negative ways. Some positive things that can occur with knowledge are: being able to read and communicate clearly; knowing how to do something safely; knowing what is happening around you correctly; knowing the warning signs that are showing; and knowing how to make things better. These are just a few of the many examples of how knowledge can help be a positive thing. They give you the power to do the correct thing in the best way possible.
At the same time, knowledge can be used in very negative ways. Having knowledge of a person’s past can allow one to destroy that person. Having knowledge of a person’s habits can allow one to overcome and hurt that person. Criminals use knowledge to steal from a person or business, or harm someone. Their knowledge gives them power over another person, who does not realize what they know. The media uses knowledge all the time to make or destroy a public person’s reputation.
As a believer, the question can be asked if knowledge gives power or not? And is that a good thing or not?
Proverbs 9:10 New International Version (NIV)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Here is a common verse that many know. Fearing the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Wisdom is the ability to correctly use knowledge that you have been given or learned. To fully understand anything correctly, you must have knowledge of God. Without God at the forefront of all knowledge, there will be faults in the knowledge.
There is great power in knowing God. It is in knowing God that a person can know who He really is. In knowing God, one can also really know who he, himself, is.
The world tries to make knowledge a god. However, knowledge is just a tool that God can use. Knowledge, alone, does not make a person powerful, but it is in how that knowledge is used and what knowledge is used.
As you get to know God and gain knowledge about God, you will be empowered for greater things to be done. It is in knowing God that you get to know how much He really does love you, regardless of what you have done in the past. This knowledge empowers you to live more for Him.
Knowing God allows you to know the gifts that He has for you. God has given you His Holy Spirit to allow you to do greater works for Him. Knowing that you have His Holy Spirit in you, also gives you power to have His peace and comfort at all times, in all situations in this life.
Knowing God and what He has done for you, gives you power to be able to tell others who He is, what He has done, and what He can do for them. If you do not really know God, you will not be able to stand up and really tell others about Him or what He can do.
Knowing God allows you to understand what is going on around you from an eternal perspective. You can realize the sin that is occurring or the work that God is doing in the lives of others. You can have understanding and insight into what people are really saying or how they are really living.
Knowing God also takes away the fear of what the world can do to you. In knowing God, you will know that you have a future in heaven that no man can take away from you. You have an eternal life to look forward to, if anyone on this earth should take your life here.
Having the correct knowledge does really give you great power. It is not just in knowing things of this earth, but in knowing the God who made it all possible. It is knowing Jesus as your Lord and Savior that gives you greater power than even the devil, himself, has.
It is God who has all the power. It is God who gives all the power. So, yes, knowledge is power, but do you have the correct knowledge? The world’s? Or God’s?
You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’ Isaiah 47:10
God had chosen to use Babylon to punish the Israelites for their rebellion against Him. In the process of doing that, Babylon became very proud and felt that they were the top authority and in complete control. They went further in the punishment of the Israelites than God had wanted them to do. Now God was calling them into account for their actions.
The world as a whole lives in a way that does not believe in God in any way. They live in sin because that is all that they know and they do not believe that God exists. The person who lives this way is living the only way that they know how to live.
One of the sad things is that many believers live in very much the same way. Individuals have personal sins in their lives that they commit in their house behind closed doors when they are alone. They feel as if no one is around and that no one can see them.
Buying into the world’s ways of doing things happens by many believers. They forget that God is right there at all times. God can see behind closed doors and into the mind of every person.
You may have some of these challenges in your own life. It may be direct actions or it may just be in your thoughts, either way it is sin that you are holding onto in your life. You may try to justify that sin and feel as though no one sees it. However, remember that God is there and sees and knows all.
Do not allow the wisdom and knowledge of this world or your own wisdom and knowledge to fool you into thinking that God does not see or know what is going on. Give those sins and habits to God and allow Him to crucify them. Allow God to remove all sin from your life.
Always keep in the front of your mind that you are never alone and that God sees and knows all. Allow Him to create in you a new heart and mind. You are a new creation. Do not live in the old sinful ways.
I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will give all sinful habits to God; that you will seek God’s strength to turn from all sin; and that you will listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance to you.
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him–the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD–and he will delight in the fear of the LORD. Isaiah 11:1-3
God had promised David that he would have a son on the throne of Israel forever. At the time of Isaiah, the nation had been split and was about to be destroyed. It did not look like there would be anyone to sit on that throne.
In this passage, Isaiah gives a prophecy about one, who was from the lineage of David (Jesse was David’s father), who would sit on the throne again. This one would have God’s Spirit resting on him, giving him wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, and knowledge of God. He would delight in fearing God–following and obeying God. The one to come was Jesus.
As Jesus walked on this earth, all of these things described Him very well. The people saw that He was one who delighted in God. Jesus became the root for those who would come after Him.
One of the things that Jesus said was that He was the vine and you are the branches. Jesus is the original branch, and you are to be like Him.
This means that everything that Jesus has, you can also have. You are attached to Him and are nourished by Him. When Jesus left the earth, He sent His Holy Spirit to be upon you, just as He was on Him.
Having God’s Holy Spirit on you gives you wisdom, understanding, counsel, power, and knowledge of God, just as it gave all those things to Jesus.
Do not rest your wisdom, understanding, counsel, power and knowledge on yourself, or in that of other people. Look to God’s Holy Spirit to guide you. God is with you and wants you to be just like Jesus. Jesus was the perfect example of how to live a life for God.
How are you living your life today?
Are you living it in the ways of this world, under your own power?
Or are you living and walking in the Spirit of God?
I pray today that you will know God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that you will trust in God’s counsel; that others will see God’s Spirit in your life; and that you will delight in serving and obeying God.
Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm, and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure. For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter though a person may be weighed down by misery. Ecclesiastes 8:5-6
The one who Solomon is encouraging the people to obey is the king. Very few people have a problem with obeying the king, as long as what he is commanding is good and right. The challenge came in when what he was commanding was harmful or wrong.
No one likes to obey a ruler when it does not make sense or causes pain and misery. At that point, people like to rebel and fight against the ruler.
Across the nation people rise up in riots and fighting when they do not like a rule that was made by the president or some other leader in the country. The same thing happens in a business when people don’t like the ruling.
Solomon recognized that there will be times when a person does not like the ruling of the leader. This is where having a wise heart comes in. Knowing and understanding that the rule was bad, just opens the eyes to what is wrong. It is wisdom that guides the person as to how to deal with it.
No matter what country you are from, there is a process to be followed in order to speak about the actions of a leader. Those actions are not found in rioting or fighting or speaking badly about the leader.
Each country, each business, each family has a different way in which to approach the leader about when things are done in a bad way. The one thing, as a believer, that should begin all approaches is love.
As you are going through a time of misery, you need to be dealing with that leader in the love of God. God sees your misery that you are going through, but fighting back harshly will not solve the issue.
Seek the proper way to approach the leader in the love of Jesus. Allow God to work in the heart of the leader and make the necessary changes. Trust His timing in it.
Do not allow your misery to cause you to do wrong and sin. Take a step back, breath, and let God’s Holy Spirit guide you in what to say and when to say it.
I pray today that God will strengthen you in following all leaders over you; that God will fill you with His love for your leaders; that God’s Holy Spirit will guide you in dealing with them; and that you will be a witness for Jesus to your leaders.
For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief. Ecclesiastes 1:18
There are people who love to gain knowledge. They graduate high school and continue on with college for many years, changing their degrees multiple times before getting a degree. They read many books always learning more and more.
Others learn to use that knowledge in good ways, gaining a lot of wisdom. They are able to help and guide many people in various ways because of their wisdom they have gained over the years.
There is a bad side to having that much wisdom and knowledge. Solomon understood this, since he was the wisest man who ever lived. Many people do not understand this, and just want more wisdom.
Having wisdom, means that you will understand what is going on in light of eternity. You will have a deeper understanding, rather than just looking at things on the surface.
One may ask, why is this such a sorrowful thing? Or why would this bring about grief?
As you look at things that are going on is this world, you will see sin everywhere. You will see people talk about love and peace, but in reality are talking about selfishness and love of self. The ways of this world will be promoted as good.
God’s Holy Spirit will give you a spirit of discernment to understand what people are really saying or doing. On the surface it may look and sound good, but their heart may be far from God. This is where sorrow and grief comes in.
Jesus was described as a man of sorrows. He understood where the people of this world were headed. He understood the hearts of men. All of this great wisdom and knowledge brought about such a great sorrow that no man can ever fully understand.
Part of being a believer, is to become like Jesus. God gives you His Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and understanding. This will help you see into the spiritual realm of this world. It is then that you will have sorrow and grief, seeing people dying daily without knowing Jesus. People are daily walking into an eternity in hell and destruction.
This is why you need to spread the gospel message of Jesus to all that you can, as fast as you can.
I pray today that God will fill you with wisdom and knowledge; that you will have wisdom in what God is doing; that you will have wisdom in what is occurring in this world; and that you will spread the gospel message to everyone you meet and know.
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