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Timeless truth

My parents in the early 90s.

Wisdom from God is timeless.

I was reminded this morning that His truth endures, no matter the generation.

Our oldest daughter is preparing to teach choir.

After the past 5 years of working on her degree, it’s so exciting to see her using her gifts and education in this way.

She’d given me a copy of her Choir Handbook and requested I review it.

This morning I was reading along, making notes, and stumbled upon an extreme blessing.

The title of the paragraph reads: Choral Success.

One line brought me to tears.

“A mistake learned from is a mistake worth making.”

It was as though I’d dropped through time and place.

I was sitting in my first car, gripping the wheel in my distress, my father sitting in the passenger seat, his voice with profound calm saying:

“A mistake you learn from is a mistake worth making.”

After I understood their meaning I stopped feeling so stupid over the error I’d made and calmed down.

His words of truth have passed from my lips to my children many times.

It’s truth, found in God’s Word.

No, it’s not an actual Bible verse, but it can be found in the lives of many people throughout the Bible.

Peter is my favorite example.

21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. 22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” 23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
Matthew 16:21‭-‬23 NKJV

Talk about a mistake!

Peter’s error is a painful one, but he learned from it.

The Bible never has another record of Peter rebuking Jesus.

And we don’t see Jesus bringing his error up again, but moves from this into teaching.

24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works. 28 “Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”
Matthew 16:24‭-‬28 NKJV

What incredible teaching sprouted after this painful error.

Peter obviously learned from his mistake.

Scripture is full and overflowing of truth, wisdom we can apply daily.

With that timeless truth we can be blessed, we can bless others, and we can grow.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your truth. Lord, thank You for this nugget given me by Dad and passed on to my daughter and now all her students. Lord, thank You for the gift of this memory when Dad spoke Your wisdom to me. Lord, thank You for Your incredible blessings which so often catch me by surprise. How great is Your Word, Your love, Your truth! I praise Your holy name! Amen.

A soft answer

Proverbs 15:1 NKJV — A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.

What beautiful truth!

The soft spoken do not fuel the flame of indignation.

Instead, theirs is the voice of wisdom.

Proverbs 17:27 NKJV — He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.

A gentle response disarms, giving wisdom without tainting it with selfish intent.

For those who have wisdom have found it in God.

His Word frees us from pride, sin, and selfish ambition.

Therefore, no other truth withstands the turbulence of emotion, the volatility of society, or the accusations of the scoffer like God’s.

Isaiah 40:8 NKJV — The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”

Those who revere the Lord will follow His commands, finding wisdom for all of life.

Proverbs 10:27 NKJV — The fear of the LORD prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened.

The Lord created all and therefore He knows what is best, thus His laws are life, instruction for the right way to live.

Proverbs 10:29 NKJV — The way of the LORD is strength for the upright, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity.

With that comes guidance in how we handle ourselves including our speech.

We must be careful with what we say, how we say it, and when.

Proverbs 15:2 NKJV — The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness.

Proverbs 17:9 NKJV — He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends.

Proverbs 25:23 NKJV — The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting tongue an angry countenance.

Proverbs 25:11 NKJV — A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver.

Proverbs 24:26 NKJV — He who gives a right answer kisses the lips.

Such vivid word pictures, truly etches into one’s mind the gift of soft answers steeped in God’s wisdom.

It is also is apparent what seeds are spread by the boisterous folly of those careless with their words.

James 3:9-10 NKJV With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.
Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.

Nor does it seem reasonable that those who praise God, those who speak words of adoration and devotion be also marked as them whose lips spew forth anger, resentment, and all manner of uncleanness.

These things we must take note of.

Our lips are unruly and prone to react instead of respond, but we must not allow it to be so.

Our lives should be different, thus our words should be as well.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for these verses. Please help my mouth to speak wisdom and to give a soft, gentle answer. Lord, help my heart to be renewed daily by the washing of Your Word. Please teach me to be self-controlled, honorable before You. Lord, help me to keep silent when nothing kind or appropriate comes to mind. Lord, You are our example in all things and I humbly request You help me to know when to speak, what to say, and when to remain silent. Lord Jesus, thank You for Your patience. Thank You for Your faithfulness. To You be all glory, honor, and love. Amen.

Peace

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:13-18 NKJV

These verses make it clear that peace is a fruit of living daily in the wisdom from God.

God’s wisdom brings peace.

The shear weight of this truth should be enough to cause one to pause and meditate.

How would the world look if everyone followed God’s wisdom?

If every person, for all of time simply “loved your neighbor as yourself” (Lev. 19:18b), how much more peaceful would our world be?

The facts are easy to see if one simply looks at history.

Whether it is one’s own history or the history of a nation, the wisdom of God makes a incredible impact on the peace of the people.

Unfortunately, those who walk in God’s Word, practicing His wisdom each day are rare.

But that does not discontinue the fact that God’s wisdom brings peace.

He also gives us a pattern of conduct to follow when we are feeling anxious.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV

It is through Jesus Christ we find the answer to the lack of godly wisdom around us and in us.

Jesus said:

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 27-28

Through the working of the Holy Spirit in our hearts we can find the understanding, we can find comfort, we can be reminded of God’s Word.

Daily time in prayer and in God’s Word is where God’s wisdom is planted in our hearts and where peace will grow.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your Word and for the Holy Spirit. Thank You for the help we can find. Lord Jesus, please continue to teach us Your wisdom, let our hearts never grow weary of seeking after it nor our eyes tire of looking into Your scriptures, but instead let our minds be receptive and our hearts fertile ground. Please continue to open our understanding that we might discern the times and seasons we are in and look to You for the answers we seek. Lord Jesus, please help our lives to bring forth the fruit of peace, that others might see that Your truths are true and Your ways are best. Thank You, Jesus. Amen