“Everyone is entitled to an opinion”, is a recipe for what ?
If you said confusion, chaos and division, you are probably right.
Who said, “A house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand”?
If you said Abraham Lincoln, you were almost right. Lincoln repeated this phrase in 1858, but Jesus first said it in or around A.D. 25. (It is recorded in Luke 11:17, Mark 3:25 and Matthew 12.25.)
“HOW DOES ONE OBTAIN WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE and PROSPERITY”?
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
The reverent fear of the LORD is the beginning, the prerequisite, the absolute essential, the alphabet of wisdom; A good understanding and a teachable heart are possessed by all those who do the will of the LORD; His praise endures forever.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
The reverent fear of the LORD that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome is the beginning and the preeminent part of knowledge its starting point and its essence;
But arrogant fools despise skillful and godly wisdom and instruction and self-discipline.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
The reverent fear of the LORD that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome is the beginning and the preeminent part of wisdom its starting point and its essence.
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding and spiritual insight.
Blessed is the man, who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law, he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.
Blessed, fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God is the man or woman who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, following their advice and example, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit down to rest in the seat of scoffers and ridiculers. But their delight is in the law of the LORD, And on His law, His precepts and teachings, he or she habitually meditates day and night.
And they will be like a tree firmly planted and fed by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season; Its leaf does not wither; And in whatever they do, they prosper and come to maturity.
It is funny (as in odd) that people in the year 2030, whether they are five years old or 90 years old or anywhere in between, seem to have ‘a better idea’ than anyone else about ‘how to live life’. Their opinion is usually based on how they feel about something because of their past experience. The reason they formed their particular opinion was probably because their experience was unpleasant or downright destructive, so they thought up another way. (Wow. Now that’s based on serious research and study! What could possibly go wrong?)
This also probably means that the circumstances or the people these creative folks encountered (or both) were probably living their lives based in their own flawed opinions also, and harmful results surely ensued.
Why is it that people will not follow tried and true teachings and examples on how to live a peaceful, wise and informed life rather than making up new ones?
The Bible’s extensive teaching on these matters reach back over 4,000 years. The results and the proof of Biblical teaching’s success can be traced even in secular history. Still, men and women, throughout the ages, form and follow their own opinions, based on their individual appetites, greed and selfish desires choose to ignore centuries of wisdom and success, and do it their own way. The result? Wars, pain, suffering, ignorance, poverty, hate, greed, avarice, chaos, immorality, disease and death.
Does this mean that if you come to God through faith in Jesus Christ, all your problems will disappear and all your desire and wishes will be fulfilled? NO, it does not.
Does this mean you will be ‘lucky’ or ‘luckier’ in life. NO, it does not.
Life is fraught with dangers, toils and troubles for everyone. But, it is the one who is guided by and held by the mighty hand of the Creator who will endure these trials and will not fall. He or she will not only survive, they will thrive. (See the example of Job in the Old Testament, or the nation of Israel to this very day).
When the righteous cry [for help], the Lord hears
And rescues them from all their distress and troubles.
The Lord is near to the heartbroken
And He saves those who are crushed in spirit (contrite in heart, truly sorry for their sin).
Many hardships and perplexing circumstances confront the righteous,
But the Lord rescues him from them all.
So, if by chance, you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, try this for, let’s see, how about for the rest of your life and find out for yourself!
“Now it shall be, if you diligently listen to and obey the voice of the LORD your God (reaching back over 6,000 years), being careful to do all of His commandments which I am commanding you today (reaching back over 4,000 years), the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.
All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you pay attention to the voice of the LORD your God…
(Black italicized inserts are my own comment).
Follow me as I follow the Bible and the voice of The Lord, and let’s live a little (or a lot)!
Your Brother and friend,
“All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you pay attention to the voice of the LORD your God. “You will be blessed …””
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