Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Devotion: Open Eyes

None of us are perfect nor do we have a perfect understanding of all of the scriptures.  So many of us are at different levels of understanding in our walk to discover the truth about the things of God that we should not discount anyone’s ability to help propel us to the next level.  Just because a person makes a few questionable statements does not mean that he or she cannot contribute something to help in our understanding.  God tells us “that his people are destroyed because they lack knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).  This lack of knowledge has not come from a shortage of knowledge but from our rejection of knowledge.  If we reject every person who makes statements that we do not agree with, then we limit the amount of knowledge available to us.

If the amount of knowledge is as vast as the oceans, it would be like dipping a cup into the ocean and using what is in the cup as your only source of information.  Everything that you could possible know would be confined to the limits of that cup.  And just as the ocean has things that can be harmful to us, it also contains things that can be beneficial to us.  Knowledge works the same way; there are things harmful as well as things beneficial.  It is through “studying God’s word” (II Timothy 2:15), using every available resource that we gain the wisdom and understanding to rightly divide the word of truth and pick the harmful item out of the ocean of knowledge.

Seeking God’s wisdom is the first thing that we have to do.  God has told us to seek wisdom, to seek the know-how, and to get the ability to use good sense in our thinking, in our judgment, and in our actions.  God has also told us to get understanding, to get the ability to perceive and to get the ability to explain the meaning or nature of things.

“Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.  Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.  Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding” (Proverbs 4:5-7).

God has pretty much given us everything that we need to know in his word, but we have rejected his wisdom for the sake of trying to understanding in our own earthly wisdom.  We do not recognized the revelations that he gives us because they, the revelations do not agree with what we have been taught or have accepted as truths our entire lives.  We do not accept those things that he has given us to help our understanding because we have been taught that no one can understand the things of God, however this is not the truth.  God wants us to understand.  God wants us to know, but we have to follow his instructions.

To obtain wisdom one must earnestly seek it, much like a prospector searching for gold.  The search is directed by the conditions for obtaining wisdom (Proverbs 2:1-4).  The consequences of obtaining wisdom are then listed which includes knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:5-8) and right conduct (Proverbs 2:9-22).  In this age of information, we who seek the truth have no reason not to be able to find it provided we do not limit ourselves to the walls of traditionalism, denominationalism, or that one-cup from the vast oceans of knowledge.  Limited knowledge leads to a limited life.  A closed mind can only grow within the limits of its enclosure; an open mind grows with endless possibilities.

We pray that God will give the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.  We also pray that the eyes of your understanding be opened.  May today’s inspirational message abundantly bless you, greatly inform you, and that you will be the better for having read it.  If blessed by this message, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings - KW

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