Week Six – Day 5. Friday, February 24, 2017.
Read Proverbs 24:3 – 6 SOAP Proverbs 24:3-4
PROVERBS 24:3-6 3 By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; 4 by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. 5 A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, 6 for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.
O – Final thoughts from Proverbs…. At least for this study! I went back to my first look at the words wisdom, understanding, and knowledge. Summarizing these, I see these things as important, now more than ever. Wisdom (chokmah) is the ability to see something from God’s perspective, and following that, using our knowledge and understanding. Understanding (biyn) is the ability to discriminate between two things, such as good and evil. It is having insight and discernment. Knowledge (daat) is not just having information, but intimate knowing – an “experiential active knowing.” Therefore, to KNOW God is not just to know about Him, but to be in a right relationship with Him.
So – wisdom cannot be gained apart from God. It affects our choices, our actions, our speech, our thinking. It comes from knowing God, and then making decisions based on that relationship. How is that lived out?
A – Last night, we had some of Paul’s colleagues (both from Indy and international workers) over for dinner. When leaving, one of the men talked with us about our visit and meal. One of the things that stood out to me was his comment…. “You have an open home. … you cannot have an open home without an open heart.” That comment is etched on my heart, today.
Tears fill my eyes as I even think of that. When Paul and I married, we wanted to be able to create a home that would enable us to be hospitable to those around us: our families when visiting from around the country, our church (Friday Night Meatballs comes to mind here), our neighbors, and his colleagues from Overseas Council. And, it has become a blessing to create meals and an atmosphere that is comfortable and welcoming. Last night, I knew that it was happening. We are able to bless those around us by simply providing a meal and time to visit. And we do that together.
I’ve had to learn what hospitality really is….. not entertaining. It is providing an atmosphere that is comfortable and welcoming. It is not comparing what we have with what everyone else has. It is taking what God has given us and sharing that openly with others. It is not elaborate and fancy – but wholesome and simple. It is sometimes plasticware and buffet style on the counter. It is being able to visit with our guests – not fussing with details and distractions. I’m learning. Last night, as I looked around at the “precious and pleasant riches”, my heart swelled. I am learning to build, and establish, and fill.
• Build: to develop according to a systematic plan.
• Establish: to make firm; to cause to grow and multiply; to put in a favorable position.
• Fill: to put in as much as can be held. (from Whitney’s post on LGG today)
P – O Lord, continue to work in my heart. Help me continue to learn what You have for me, for us, here in Indy. Thank You for those moments when I see Your plan being worked out, in the moment. Father, may our home be an oasis for those who visit – a place of welcome and rest. Thank You for the things that You are teaching me for my heart, for my daily life, and for our home. Father, may You continue to grant wisdom, and knowledge, and understanding. Teach me ways to seek it. Build our home. Establish it. And, fill it with Your love, Your grace, and Your presence. Amen.
• Wisdom (chokmah) – to be wise – the ability to judge correctly and to follow the best course of action, based on knowledge and understanding. The ability to see something from God’s viewpoint = “God’s character in the many practical affairs of life.”
• Understand or discern (bin/biyn) – to understand or perceive, to discriminate – making a good distinction between, such as between good and evil
• Understanding (binah) 1. understanding , insight, discernment, i.e., a good sense or wisdom to respond properly to the LORD and his Torah (2) understand, i.e., to be given a revelation as well as its meaning; (3) understand, i.e., skillfully react to life situations.”
• To Know (yadah) – not simply to have knowledge of wisdom in the sense of having information about wisdom, but an intimate relationship, as in the marriage relationship. Therefore, to KNOW God is not just to know about Him, but to be in a right relationship with Him.
• Knowledge – (daat derived from yada = to know, speaking in many contexts of an intimate knowledge) expresses knowledge gained in various ways by the senses (and is the opposite of folly). It describes “experiential active knowing.” In other words this knowledge is not just a bookish collection of information but is experiential knowledge of the Living God. Knowledge of His written Word cannot be separated from personal knowledge of God. To know God is to live in harmony with His will, and to live in harmony with His will we must know His word.
The More I Seek You (Kari Jobe) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI_1YliutzA
The more I seek you
The more I find you
The more I find you
The more I love you
I want to sit at your feet
Drink from the cup in your hand
Lay back against you and breathe, feel your heart beat
This love is so deep, its more than I can stand
I melt in your peace, its overwhelming