The Wisdom from Above – Bible heroes

There is so much wisdom to be gleaned from God’s Word. So many stories in the Bible to learn from. I desire to be more like those are to be admired in His Word, and less like those who are not. It is a daily struggle where I lean on Him better some days. These stories came to mind when I was reflecting today on how I’m not seeing as many of the good examples of these as I would wish for, and likely there are those who may feel the same about me.

I’ve been told by a few that they don’t feel I’m setting the example they feel I should (more than once). I’ve been called a racist and told to be quiet. I’ve even been informed I serve a different God than they do (this may be true considering some of the gospels I’ve seen them share). Regardless of the hurt in those types of comments, knowing in myself those things are not true — I can always learn, even from my enemy at times. More importantly I can trust the wisdom I can garner from His Word if I will apply myself (Pr 22:17-21). So I pray the Lord would raise up more of faith, more like some of the examples we see in His Word. 

I have linked each story to the Bible reference in the hopes some might make this more of a time in His Word than listening to any of mine.

There is much wisdom in the prophets, one from Isaiah speaks to me constantly as I watch the world and even some believers who excuse evil for any reason.

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20

I am praying for our country and for our President. I am praying for those he has set into positions of leadership for reforming certain areas we are seeing obvious wrongs and weaknesses in. Praying for even the looters and rioters which He gave Himself for. But I’m not wanting to spend any time on that today, more than to say I desire for more to be in prayer and in His Word, the very best way to answer the enemy of men.

Many are discouraged from all walks of life in light of all the turmoil. There is hope. Let’s look to the Word, which gives us comfort and hope in these times (Rom 15:4), and to God who gave that Word ahead of time so we can be encouraged. All these people I’m going to mention are people just like us. People who said, ‘I can’t do it’. Men who sinned grievously. Humans like us, with weak faith, great failures, but a God who still restored them, guided them and loved them with a great love.

May the Lord rise up more like the prophet Daniel. As a young man — faithful to God, brave, not speaking evil of leaders, yet standing up in love and praying for those in power (vs. tearing them down all over the place and blaming him for everything). Gathering others to pray and beseech those in power (yes, even the wicked like Nebuchadnezzar). Speaking in wisdom and praying for him not to do wickedness he had set out to do.

BUT IF NOT

May we see more Shadrach, Meshach’s and Abed-nego’s (Daniel 3). Refusing to bow down to anyone but God, no matter what horror we are faced with, we can remember the powerful words from the movie Dunkirk, ‘but if not’ which are taken from Daniel 3:17-18.

(Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego)  

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

So be encouraged — our God is more than able to deliver us.

May we be more like Abraham. Simply believing God for His Word unto righteousness, yet moving forward in action to where He wants us to go. In obedience prayerfully seeing far more children of promise.

In light of mocking, hatred and great sin we see in these perilous times, consider Noah. Continuing in perseverance to build what God has asked us to do in spite of ridicule, hatred and extreme darkness. But looking forward in great hope to the near future of His second coming. Remembering how the wicked will perish and He does not want that. Like Jude said, let us have compassion on some making a distinction or difference. Pulling them from the fire, yet hating the stench of their garment of violence/sin (Jude 22-23) Fleeing wickedness like Lot, when we have instruction to do so from the Lord – but don’t look back (Gen 19).

May the Lord rise up more Esther’s at this time (Esther 1-9). Both men and women willing to seek wisdom from God, in such a time as this. Eyes and ears open to what is going on around us. Being wise and thoughtful in their speech, desiring God’s will in all things, walking worthy of Him.

May we pray for (in faith) and grow in wisdom like Solomon (1 Kings 3:16–28). Being fair in justice, listening to both sides first before judging and yet not slacking in our flesh, letting any of our lusts and the sins that so easily beset us, and can lead us into error.

May more of us be like David. Courageous in faith while facing giants. Having a heart for God. Recognizing our failures, and getting back up again with God’s help.

May some of us be silently supportive and loving like Jonathan (a good example of 1 Cor 13). Not seeking the limelight, not demanding his own way or rights to the throne, but literally sacrificing for love of God and his friend.

Re-read the story of the Good Samaritan, and ask the Lord to help you do like him — loving others as ourselves (Luke 10:25-37). Demonstrating love, pity, compassion and gentleness towards others who need our help.

May people rise up to follow in the footsteps of Moses (Ex, Num, Deut). Being the leaders we need even in the face of grumbling, ungrateful and very sinful people.

May the Lord grant us more young men like Joshua’s and Caleb’s (Josh 3). Willing to go into scary territory in light of frightening stories of giant men. Choosing instead to believe and obey God and enter the Promised Land. Doing it God’s way when we are trying to pull down strongholds like Jericho (Josh 5:13-6:27), instead of by our own flesh.

May men and women alike become more like Boaz, Ruth and Naomi (Ruth 1-4). Having love and compassion for the Naomi’s and Ruth’s in need. Having the faith and trust like Ruth. Or letting those in need glean the best part of our fields. A picture of compassion, love and acting wisely in redemption (reminds me of Col 4:5-6).

In today’s climate I pray for far more Joseph’s (Gen 37-45). Mistreated, hated, lied about, his own family, some seeking his death. But he took what the enemy meant for harm, and let God use it for good in his life. A beautiful example of doing good to others that have wronged you, forgiveness in light of hatred. Success born out of adversity. Think on it, some were brothers from another mother as we all are. We are all from one blood.

May we act accordingly if we’ve been a Zacchaeus in our own life (Luke 19:1-10). We are responsible for our own sins and injustices to others. So may we seek Jesus and restore others that we may have wronged.

And of course may we emulate our Lord Jesus Christ in our speech and behavior. Show love and tender mercy towards others while calling evil evil. Be pleasing first to the Father (Mk 1:9-12). Answering the accuser of the brethren properly using Scripture as He did in the Wilderness (Luke 4:1-13). Be healing to others with our words, speaking to those we may have previously thought of as Samaritans. Calming storms, and having faith in Jesus during them (Matt 8:23-27). Help others find their sight to see (Jn 9), in essence raising others from the dead (John 11:1-44). May we wash the feet of others (John 13:1-17). If we are a prodigal, then return to your Father (Lk 15:13-32). If you think you’ve done good all your life, think again, you need to believe in His work to be saved (Mk 10:17-27). You can give up all you have and it will avail you nothing — but with men, things are impossible, with God, all things are possible. Don’t deny Jesus like Peter and His disciples, either in word or in deed (Lk 22:54-62). Remember what Jesus did in His resurrection. He died for all men in great love, and those who believe again, will rise again one day to eternal life with Him.  Best way for us to better accomplish some of this, is only through Him. We need is to continue in His Word, have our minds renewed by it, taking heed to it to be cleansed, hiding it in our hearts as to not sin against Him (John 8:30-31; Rom 12:2; Ps 119:9-11).

And we can all do that by choosing to be more like Mary rather than Martha (Lk 10:38-42). We are far too busy and distracted many times with what is going on around us, even in serving. We need time with Him, and time hearing His Word. Spend some time talking to the Lord and choosing that good part, which will never be taken from you. Taste and see that the Lord is good (Ps 34:8). Ask for Him to restore the joy of your salvation (Ps 51:12). Continue in His Word (John 8:31-32) if you are really to be disciples. We can’t feed others, until we are fed first (Is 55:10-11). Kind of like the oxygen masks on a plane. They tell you to put yours own before helping another. The theory is that you won’t pass out before a young one can’t do it themselves thereby you all falling into unconsciousness. 

Pray without ceasing for the church, for all men (1 Thess 5:17; 2 Tim 1:1-6). Remember the two greatest commandments and ask Him to help you to love Him more, and to learn to love others as yourselves. Lastly, when you’re dealing with others, try to remember the wisdom that is from above from James 3.

All of us have offended in word. Our tongues can kindle a great fire and defile us and others, only God can tame it. Don’t let blessing and cursing come out of your mouth.

Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.  

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. (vs. 13-18)

Love in Christ <3

 

4 Responses to “The Wisdom from Above – Bible heroes

  • Amen!

  • Another great post, Holly. I love those final verses in James 3. I would love to reblog this on my websites.

    I’m sorry that you have been called racist by others who have no idea of the blindness they have. Try not to let them get you down. I see your efforts, and our Great King sees your efforts. I completely see that these protests are rebellion against God, as they are causing others to rebel against authority during an already difficult time with the pandemic, and it is certainly a trying time for us all. Speaking against this rebellion is being an effective witness and disciple in a heavily deceived and apostate world.

    I sometimes comment on my partner’s posts, as he has a lot of unbelieving friends who mock God, and I think he is embarrassed by my giving the gospel of our salvation, as he thinks he is doing a good job. However, he doesn’t mention sin, nor hell, as I don’t think he wants to offend, and to give a message of something more akin to universalism is not pleasing to God, so I feel a little sad when he shuns me. However, his friends can’t make their excuses when they stand before God. I hope he will be their Father in Heaven, and not their judge.

    • Helen, of course you can repost it. May it encourage some. The unbelieving world we know is in rebellion against God. I know you meant the unlawful acts happening during the protests and I agree. The violence, the theft, the destruction, the murders, 600 police officers injured already. I pray that people will see it’s good to speak about all injustice including prejudice. And it’s a problem rooted in sin. Legislation can help along with law and justice to keep order. But many of these aren’t committing the acts they are in a just way. They are taking vengeance, and that will never help. Hurting innocents of any groups of people, whether police, minorities, small business owners or individuals goes against anything we know to be righteous or just. Looking forward to His soon coming. Love in Christ.

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