Reading: No Scheduled Reading
Thoughts and Reflections: This is the catch up for the third week of April (15-21). No readings are planned, but below are some points to ponder based on this week’s readings.
- The Bible makes no bones about the extent of Solomon’s wisdom: “And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore, so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt” (1 Kings 4:29-30). That is remarkable itself, but so is the fact that people were drawn to this man for his wisdom. He was world-renown. “And people of all nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom” (1 Kings 4:34).
People were drawn to, desired, and appreciated wisdom. Who today is renown for their wisdom? The fact is, we’re just not that interested in it.
“How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.” (Prov. 16:16)
- The book of Proverbs is actually a collection of collections of Proverbs. Notice these verses:
“The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel” (Prov. 1:1)
“The proverbs of Solomon” (Prov. 10:1).
“These also are proverbs of Solomon which the men of Hezekiah king of Judah copied.” (Prov. 25:1).
“The words of Agur son of Jakeh. The oracle.” (Prov. 30:1)
“The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:” (Prov. 31:1).
- We sometimes think we know what God is up to; we’ve got figured out His actions and His deeds. Probably not. “As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything” (Ecc. 11:5).
I’m Not Alone
A woman still in the throes of grief in the weeks following her husband’s untimely death, commented on the value of a book on grieving she has been reading, “It let me know that I’m not going crazy.”
It is so good to know that we’re not alone, that we’re not isolated in our hurts and pains and sorrows, that the emotional turmoil and even confusion we feel is a shared experience.
This isn’t exclusive to grieving, but for any trouble we may face. And that’s where one of the great values of the Psalms lies. So many of the Psalms allow the believer to know that their questions, uncertainty, anger, weariness, angst, or whatever, have been felt before and have been felt by others. It is not a sign of failed faith or spiritual bankruptcy.
The misguided notion that in order for us to come to God and be received by Him we can only approach Him with all our “ducks in a row,” a high level of confidence and assurance, and an already sanitized and well ordered life is wrong. It’s not emotionally or spiritually healthy. The Psalms introduce to us people unsure and hurt and angry and searching.
The inscription of Psalm 102 says this well, “A prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the Lord.”
It matters not what I’m feeling or what I’m experiencing, it’s not new to God. He’s heard it before and He’s seen it before. It will help me to work through whatever it is, if He now hears it from me.