Hosea 14:9 Being Wise And Discerning

Who is wise? Let them realize these things. Who is discerning? Let them understand. The ways of the LORD are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them. Hosea 14:9

Hosea finishes out this book with telling whoever is wise and discerning to understand the ways of the Lord. Those who will be righteous and following God will walk in the ways of the Lord. Those who are rebellious will only stumble in the ways of the Lord.

Often the ways of God are very strange to a person. On the surface many of the things that God has done in the past does not always make sense, until it is looked at from a bigger picture or afterwards.

Looking at the bible, why would God take the Israelites out of the desert and trap them between an impassable body of water and the enemy?

Why would God tell David he is the next king, then make him wait 30 years to become king?

Why would God tell Hosea to marry a prostitute?

Why would God have the Messiah, who was supposed to reign forever, die on a cross?

It is easy now to look back at each of those events and see what God was doing and why. It makes sense, when the end picture is also seen.

However, in day-to-day living right now, one cannot see the end, and often, not even the big picture. God asks people to do things that do not always make sense. He allows things in the lives of a person that appear to be horrible and wrong. God asks a believer to give all he has. God asks one to forgive and love the enemy.

If you are wise and discerning, you will be able to know that ALL the ways of the Lord are right. He is perfect in all that He does. If you want to be righteous, you will walk in them.

Those who are rebellious will find every reason to not walk in God’s ways. They will reject the things of God. They will claim to love God, but refuse to love and forgive their enemy. The ways of God will appear to be foolish to them and they will reject them.

Are you being wise and discerning today?

I pray today that you will know the ways of God; that you will trust the ways of God; that you will obey all of God’s directions to you; and that you will be wise and discerning of the path God has for your life.

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Jeremiah 10:7 No One Like Him

Who should not fear you, King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise leaders of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you. Jeremiah 10:7

Over the years, there have been various leaders who have risen up to be considered great leaders. Some of these were leaders of nations, others were leaders in the business world or in the church. Some of these leaders are known to most people in their nation and sometimes even around the world, while there are many other leaders who are never known outside of their small sphere of influence.

One of the common things among all the great leaders that have ever existed is that they each gave of themselves for a greater cause. They were able to take a bad situation and turn it around. The wisdom of some of them in the way they led is astounding to most people.

Yet, as great as all these people were and are, there is no one that is completely like God, Himself. God is the one who made the heavens and the earth, and everything in them both. He created every person and gave them breath to breathe.

Think about how great the universe is and how many things and people there are on this earth. The amount is overwhelming to think about, yet, God has perfect control of everything that is going on.

And what leader is willing to give of himself in order to save a group of people who hate and despise him? God loved the people of this world so much that He gave His own life in order that they may live, and this was done while everyone hated Him.

As you realize what God has done for you and everyone else,  you need to give Him all the praise. Fear only Him. Trust in God for everything. He is the wisest and the best. Do not look to the leaders of this world, they will fail and lead you wrong, God will not.

Along with praising Him, strive to be like God. Be a leader as God is a leader. Put the needs of others first. This shows God’s true love, compassion and mercy for every person on this planet.

I pray today that you will know God as your leader; that you will follow God in all His ways; that you will fear no person on this earth; and that you will strive to be a leader that leads as God does.

Colossians 4:5-6 Be Wise In Your Conversation

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:5-6

Paul is bringing his letter to the Colossian church to an end. He finishes with telling the people to be careful in the actions and their words with outsiders.

Outsiders are the people who are outside the church. They are the people who do not believe in Jesus. Every believer is to be careful in how they act around these outsiders.

Watching the news and seeing how some believers act with non-believers, it does not show much wisdom. Many believers will slam non-believers and cut them down continually. They will berate them for their sinful acts. They will ridicule them for their beliefs (such as belief in evolution). They will shun them and have absolutely nothing to do with them.

Jesus did not do this. He was accused of eating with the tax collectors and sinners.

As a believer you must seek out opportunities to be a witness for Jesus. Being a witness is more than just pointing out sins and pointing to Jesus. It is reaching out in love and caring for a person, helping them as you point them to Jesus.

When you speak to them, it should not just be words of condemnation. There should be a lot of grace with truth. The non-believer lives like he does because that is all he knows to live like. He does not know any other way to live. Show them the life God can provide. Show them the love and mercy God has.

The world will give you opportunities to tell them why you live like you do and believe like you do. Seek those opportunities. Be ready to answer them with the love and grace of God.

Your speaking should be like that of Jesus. When Jesus spoke to non-believers He was gentle and kind. When He spoke with those who claimed to believe, but did not serve God, He was very harsh.

Does your conversation with others match that of Jesus? God will give you wisdom if you ask for it. Be wise in your talking.

I pray today that God will give you opportunities to touch the lives of non-believers; that God will give you His wisdom in what to say and do; that your conversations will be like those of Jesus; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

Matthew 24:45-46 Being Faithful and Wise

“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns.” Matthew 24:45-46

Jesus is talking about what the end times will be like. It will be a time when everyone is doing their own thing, not paying attention to the time. Now Jesus talks about the servant who is doing the correct thing.

In the workplace there are times when the boss will give a list of things for the workers to do, and then he leaves. While he is gone, he expects the directives that he has given to be followed.

Often there are some in the workplace who will then start to play and goof-off. One or more of the workers will not do much, while the rest do all the work. It appears that they are getting away with the playing.

Then, suddenly the boss reappears earlier than what was expected. Those who were playing then get into trouble with the boss. No one has a problem with this because they are supposed to be working, not playing.

Jesus likens this to the end of time and His return. He is the boss. All believers are the servants/workers. Some will be partying and not doing the work they are supposed to be doing and will be punished. Others will be working correctly and will be rewarded.

What is the work you are supposed to be doing for God? At a minimum it is being a witness and living for God. God has an individual plan of work specific to each person. He expects you to be doing the work He has given you.

Seek God to know what job He wants you to be doing. Now, faithfully do that work. Be wise and do not live your life for yourself. Live for God and for others. God will take care of you.

When Jesus returns or calls you home, may He find you being the wise and faithful servant.

Are you being wise and faithful today?

I pray today that God will reveal His work for you to do; that you will do the work God has given you to do; that you will be wise and faithful to Jesus; that you be His witness daily in everything you say and do; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.