Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Happy Father's Day - Part 1

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense.  Through knowledge its rooms are filled with all sorts of precious riches and valuables.  Proverbs 24:3-4 (NLT)
If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.  But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying.  For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom.  Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic.  For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.  But the wisdom from above is first of all pure.  It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others.  It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.   James 3:13-17(NLT)
An elderly grandmother's view of her family's reunion, which boasted 40 aunts, uncles, grandparents, brothers, sisters, and cousins by the dozens was:                             

"Imagine it!  All these relatives -- and not a single friend."[1]

This Sunday is Father’s Day, a day to recognize a very important cog in the wheel of God’s plan for the Christian home.  We will take the next three days to look at what it means to be a Christian father on mission – building-up his wife, children and the Kingdom of God.

The writer of Proverbs knew what it takes to make a house a home.

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.  Prov 24.3,4. 

The margin between healthy and sickly homes is the dividing line of wisdom and foolishness.  A home is strong when it is built with wisdom.  A home will falter when foolishness reigns.  The Bible word for "fool" is moros.  It is the word from which we derive our words moral and moron.  A moral moron (fool) is one who is devoid of Godliness.  The fool says in his heart, there is no God. Psalm 14.1 (NIV).  We sing the children's song that says "The wise man built his house upon the rock."  That same song declares that the foolish (moros, moronic) man built his house upon the sand.

Now, if each of us were asked, "Upon which would you prefer to build your house?" the answer would invariably be "wisdom".  In order to do that we must understand and apply wisdom, rejecting foolishness. 

The Difference Between Wisdom and Foolishness

Foolishness exhibits itself in many ways.  In the interest of brevity, note the Apostle James' insight: 

Who is wise and understanding among you?  Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.  But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.  Such 'wisdom' does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.  For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.      James   3.13-16. (NIV)

A quick or sharp tongue, anger and maliciousness towards anyone is the essence of foolishness.  It has destruction as its destiny, and Satan for its source.

Wisdom also exhibits itself in many ways.  It is more than knowledge; rather it is knowing how to apply knowledge.  It is always the opposite of foolishness.  An old saying fits here:  Knowledge is knowing how to pull the trigger of a gun.  Wisdom is knowing which way to point the gun." 

Wisdom has much less to do with knowing, than being.  Remembering that foolishness has to do with a lack of Godliness (being a moral moron), wisdom exhibited is what we call "Christ-likeness".

Tomorrow and Friday we will look at building our homes with wisdom. 

For You Today

The Dads you know…some are good, some may have a lot of rough edges God is working on.  But all of them are human and in need of prayer.  That’s YOUR job!

[1]Nan Smith, The Reader's Digest

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