We are half way through reading the Book of Proverbs – that grab-bag of wise sayings covering a wide range of life experiences including:
Advice from a father to his son (Ch 7)
Standards for everyday living
Guidance for relationships
The source of wisdom and its value. etc
In today’s chapter many gems are covered but we were moved especially by a few that are really worth building into our own everyday behaviour. Let us share them:
V2. People may think their ways are pure, but motives are weighed by the Lord.
V6. Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.
V8. Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice.
V16. How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver.
V24. Gracious words are a honeycomb , sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
What stood out for you that you would want to include in your life goals? – Might make an interesting conversation over morning tea tomorrow!
What a prayer!!!
The reading this morning stopped us in our tracks. Can we, do we, pray like this for our family, friends, people we are concerned for and for the church (the family of God as St Paul refers to us).
We all pray for things that concern us don’t we?
Paul has been explaining earlier in this chapter about Christ’s peacemaking work which resulted in the creation of this new society – the church. He turns now from exposition to intercession. In v 14 he again says ‘for this reason‘ …. What reason causes him to pray so passionately?
It must be the reconciling work of Christ! (chapter 3:10-12). So John Stott in his commentary on Ephesians says that Bible Reading and Prayer belong together because the Bible discloses God’s will and in prayer we ask Him to do it.
Also in this commentary Stott likens this prayer to a staircase which has 4 ascending steps.
‘That they may be strengthened by the indwelling of Christ through His Spirit;
That they may be rooted and grounded in love;
That they may know Christ’s love in all its dimensions, although it is beyond knowledge;
That they may be filled right up to the very fullness of God. P134
Personally we have been challenged by this powerful prayer and trust that it will enrich the way we pray for ourselves and others for ‘ God who is at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we can ask or think.v20 So perhaps you will join us and use this prayer for others – ‘to Him be the glory!’
Peter and Elizabeth