"The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat-cutting machine and submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and he also lost a finger. The chef's claim was approved." This quote is from the 2007 Darwin awards. It is a list of people who have experienced tragedy because of stupidity. I shake my head and think, what was going through the man's head?
God writes to Israel about their pride and independence. "Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear," Ezekiel 12:2.
The Bible portrays Christianity as a quest for wisdom and intelligence: Hear instruction and be wise, and do not disdain it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. Whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord," Proverbs 8:34-35.
The Bible reveals many things that are relevant to our time, lives and future.
It has health information that science is just beginning to understand. It describes things that today are revealed but were beyond the imagination of the writers. It describes events and details that are unfolding. It has instruction for family and marriage and it has answers. The more you know it the more you understand it.
In some ways the Bible could be compared to a computer program in that initially it is hard to get a handle on. It takes time to get its idiosyncrasies and to understand its symmetry. The more of it you see the more it all begins to come together.
God challenged us to seek Him first and in this Book He releases revelation. It is a mystery and yet the clues to the journey are within the Book: "I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge and discretion. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil, Pride and arrogance, the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me. Riches and honor are with me, Enduring riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, and my revenue than choice silver," Proverbs 8:12-19.
Life teaches us that we can be sure we are right, and end up really wrong. It is good to have a source of definition and direction beyond ourselves. That is available in God's Word. It is as the psalmist said a light to our feet and a lamp for our path. Seek wisdom. It is a good thing. It is found in a walk with God and through His Word. A Word that is best understood when it is read with the Author.
Reverend Robert Reasner is pastor of Abundant Life Assembly of God at 32940 (Mile 81.5) Sterling Highway Sterling. For more information call 262-7266 or visit www.abundantlifealaska.org.
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