Okay, we want to teach wisdom to our children. Good goal to have, but where do we start? First, we must be truly converted. It’s not enough to attend church and say the right words. Conversion is new life, new direction, new thoughts, new desires. Christ touches our soul and changes it from the inside out. He makes us new and real.
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Do you remember the name Buckminster Fuller? He was an inventor, mathematician and futurist who wrote a book shortly before his death 30 years ago titled Critical Path (St. Martin’s Press, 1981). In the book, Fuller introduced the idea of a “Knowledge Doubling Curve.” Using all of the knowledge that the human race had accumulated and transmitted by 1 AD as a starting point, Fuller believed knowledge would have doubled by about 1500 AD. The next doubling of knowledge would have been about 1750 AD. Doubling increased exponentially during the next two centuries and had grown to about every 25 years by the end of World War 2. Today, because of the computer and other information systems, the doubling time of knowledge is close to every 12 months and experts say it may one day double every 12 hours!
I touched on some of these futurist views in the section about “The Science of Immortality” in my book A History of Man’s Quest for Immortality (Fifth Estate, 2007, pp. 391-470). Though “knowledge doubling” is certainly a big challenge to our society, there is a bigger problem. Knowledge is increasing, but wisdom is decreasing. Our children will “know” more in their lifetime than we will ever know in ours, but they will have little ”wisdom” to use that knowledge.
We must teach wisdom to our children now!
Patience and hope are great lessons for Christians to learn. God gives us many opportunities to learn both. Patience and hope can get us through the tough times life will sometimes throw at us. I’m still learning these lessons. We learn throughout life and then on into eternal life.
Here are some thoughts that have comforted me through the past 40+ years. I pray they will comfort and encourage your hearts and guide your actions for many years to come. Believe me, you won’t go wrong practicing the truths God shares with us all.
“For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.” 2 Corinthians 1:12
Can we say this about ourselves? Can we “boast” that we have our “testimony” in the world and with our brothers and sisters in Christ in “simplicity and godly sincerity” that are from God? Paul was speaking straight from his heart to the hearts and minds of his friends in Corinth. He was also speaking to you and me and every other believer through the centuries. Paul was an example to Christians of how they should conduct their lives on earth.
We can experience victory in every aspect of life. That includes personal and interpersonal matters of life: personal habits, addictions and illness, family problems, struggles at school and work, conflicts with friends and neighbors, crime in our neighborhoods and streets, wars and rumors of wars. No matter what you’re facing now or will face in the future, you can have victory. God holds victory in store for His children. He is our shield. He guards our path through life.
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.”Hebrews 1:3 (NIV)
I cannot fathom a being that is the radiance of the Glory of God. I read it. I think about it. I consider it. I meditate on it. I study about it. I research it. But I still cannot fathom it. Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, is the radiance of God’s Glory!
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12
My wife and I lost three of our parents during the past 12 months – her mother and my father and mother. Her father passed away 13 years ago. My mother passed away a week ago. All of them lived into their 90s, so we were fortunate to have them for as long as we did. However, losing three in one year has led us to think a lot about what it means to “honor your father and your mother.”
All of us, if we live on earth long enough, will lose our parents to death. If you have lost your parents, my deepest sympathy. It’s especially hard when they suffer at the end of their lives. Reading through letters and other materials after their passing is also difficult to do, but comforting at the same time. Looking at family pictures can be a wonderful way to honor your parents. The picture at the top of this blog is one my wife took of what my parents could see out their apartment window. It is a reminder of the life they spent together and what they mean to us.
I also find tremendous comfort in God’s Word during difficult times. I hope you do, too, as we look at what God says to every child – of every age.
In our last study about the History of Worship (Exodus 21), we saw how God dealt with the issue of violence and the part it played in worship. Now we’ll see what God taught Moses and Israel about moral precepts in their service (worship) to Him.
“If a man entices a virgin who is not betrothed, and lies with her, he shall surely pay the bride-price for her to be his wife. If her father utterly refuses to give her to him, he shall pay money according to the bride-price of virgins. ‘You shall not permit a sorceress to live. ‘Whoever lies with an animal shall surely be put to death. ‘He who sacrifices to any god, except to the Lord only, he shall be utterly destroyed. ‘You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt. ‘You shall not afflict any widow or fatherless child. If you afflict them in any way, and they cry at all to Me, I will surely hear their cry; and My wrath will become hot, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives shall be widows, and your children fatherless. ‘If you lend money to any of My people who are poor among you, you shall not be like a moneylender to him; you shall not charge him interest. If you ever take your neighbor’s garment as a pledge, you shall return it to him before the sun goes down. For that is his only covering, it is his garment for his skin. What will he sleep in? And it will be that when he cries to Me, I will hear, for I am gracious. ‘You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people. ‘You shall not delay to offer the first of your ripe produce and your juices. The firstborn of your sons you shall give to Me. Likewise you shall do with your oxen and your sheep. It shall be with its mother seven days; on the eighth day you shall give it to Me. ‘And you shall be holy men to Me: you shall not eat meat torn by beasts in the field; you shall throw it to the dogs.” Exodus 22:16-31
“Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures.” Romans 1:1-2
What did Paul refer to when he wrote about the “Holy Scriptures?” Paul used the word “Scripture” 15 times in his letters, and Luke used the word in reference to Paul’s ministry four times in the Book of Acts. So, what “scriptures” did they mean?
Paul referred to the Scriptures twice in his letters as “holy” – Romans 1:2 and 2 Timothy 3:15. What does that mean when placed before the word “Scriptures?” Let’s see what God has for us today.
We’ve heard a lot about the “two party system” during the past year. Everywhere we turn someone is commenting about “blue”states and “red” states. What do you believe God thinks about all this talk? What does God think about the two-party system in the United States? Is He a Democrat or a Republican? Do you think God might be an Independent or a Libertarian? What party do you think God would join if He were to run for office in our country? Well, God has a lot of experience with two-party systems through the ages, so let’s see what we can learn about what He might be thinking.