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9 months 3 weeks ago #9565 by thaiwohvista

Read Jeremiah 8:8-9.
8. How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain.
9. The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?

MEMORISE: Wisdom is too lofty for a fool; he does not open his mouth in the gate (Proverbs 24:7)

In Jeremiah 8:8-9, the Lord questioned the scribes for their claims that they are wise. The Lord challenged that this is not the kind of "wisdom" He is looking for; since they had together with the whole of Israel, "rejected the word of the LORD". The scribes were treated as "wise men" and hence, religious leaders of the day. They were often looked upon to interpret and answer any questions the people might have on the Torah. If these wise men among them had even rejected the Word of the LORD, just imagine how deep was Israel's sin was? We often thought of wisdom as something we gained in our minds; even if it is so with the Word of God. However, it seemed to God that wisdom is not merely a form of head knowledge, or the superb ability to interpret the Word; but it is both the conviction and active response to God's Word in our lives. That is the kind of wisdom cherished by God.
It is expected that as we grow deeper in the Lord, we should discover that the Lord has in His grace, given us the ability to gain meaningful insights from the Bible. Such a "grace gift" from God can help us in many situations, especially, when it comes to the ministry of preaching and Bible studies. However, there are times when we discover that such a gift can also turn us away from gaining true wisdom; all because of our human tendency to sin. Because of such a gift, we can be tempted to think that we know a lot and yet the truth is that, we know very little. We can also be tempted to be lazy and hence neglect putting in hard work to study the Word. Our text today is a good reminder for us to be constantly grateful, diligent and put into practice, what we have been able to gain through the Word. This would be the kind of wisdom that God is looking for. This is the kind of life that we ought to live in Him.

1. The kind of wisdom that God is looking for is that we live acceptably before Him; pray therefore, that the Lord would help us to live a life that is pleasing to Him.
2. Pray for God to fill our children with the spirit of divine wisdom and revelation.
3. Lord, fill our leaders with wisdom to acknowledge your supremacy in their lives.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Nehemiah 5 - 6; Hebrew 3

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