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Daily Reading: Leviticus 13:1-59 ESV, Mark 6:1-29 ESV, Psalm 39:1-13 ESV, Proverbs 10:10 ESV

Daily Verse: “And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands?” (Mark 6:2 ESV)

SOPHIA (4678): “Higher or lower, worldly or spiritual.  Broad and full of intelligence, it is used of the knowledge of very diverse matters.  There is the wisdom which belongs to men, human wisdom, specifically varied knowledge of things human and divine, acquired by acuteness and experience, and summed up in maxim and proverbs.” [I]

God gives wisdom.

Varied knowledge comes from above.  Jesus’ teachings shocked the people of His hometown.  Neighbors knew Jesus as one of the carpenter’s sons.  How would a woodworker know such things about God?  Imagine if your neighbor told you they were God’s Son; how easily would you accept their words as truth?

God’s wisdom unfolds in God’s word. Unfortunately, the percentage of people who read the Bible dwindles each year.  In a recent message at church, the pastor said only 16% of people read their Bible once a week.  Applying the practical principles to your life will lead to peace on earth.  You can’t access God’s wisdom if you don’t read His word.

Godly wisdom

Connecting with the Creator through prayer and His Word accesses Godly wisdom. Adopting God’s will into your life by doing what His word says does change your life.  You do become wiser in ways you never imagined. 

When I paid off my last credit card, a weight lifted from my shoulders.  Not having car payments relieves stress from life.  Applying the financial advice found in the Bible led Ron and me to debt-free living, all because we trusted God with our finances.  We access Godly wisdom by applying Biblical principles to our life.

The inability of the Nazarenes to believe Jesus cost them.  Their lack of faith meant Jesus only healed a few people instead of many.  Without faith, we can’t have wisdom.  We must first trust Jesus before we can access heavenly wisdom.

[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p.230) Thomas Nelson

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