Daily devotions

Margaret Allyn Greene Best

Author of “Unsung Hero”
and “Dandelion CHILD: A Soldier’s Daughter”

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Wisdom

Ephesians 1:17-19     Proverbs 3: 13-18        Mathew 11:19

Thursday, June 9, 2021

Anyone interested in acquiring new experiences and reflecting upon the process can gain wisdom. By learning as much as we can, analyzing our experiences, and putting our knowledge to the test, we become wise people. Wisdom mentioned 215 times in the New International Version of the Holy Bible is portrayed by King Solomon in the Book of Proverbs as a woman whose understanding is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. True wisdom is a virtue we all need.

Jesus spoke of wisdom. He said, “Wisdom is proved right by her actions.” What did He mean? We have a saying, “Do not judge a book by its cover.” Jesus taught the wisdom of God, which is the way to repentance and salvation. John the Baptist taught salvation; Ministers teach salvation, so does the bum in the street. Wisdom is proved right by her actions. Only actions matter, not the person who tells of those actions.  

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians circulated among many churches in the area and became part of the New Testament canon by about 150 AD. Ephesus, an ancient Greek city in today’s Turkey, played an essential role in the spread of Christianity. In these letters, Paul reminds the Christians in Ephesus of the wisdom of Jesus Christ and asks God to grant them the spirit of wisdom and revelation so that they may know God better. Paul asks the Lord to enlighten their hearts to see the hope, richness, power, and the inheritance of the mighty strength in their faith. So, we today need to search the scripture, pray for guidance and wisdom, and discernment. Others may present their version of the truth, but only God has the absolute truth.

 

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your salvation through your Son, Jesus Christ. I ask for your grace and wisdom in discerning right from wrong, truth from untruth. Help those caught up in various cult religions hear the truth and turn toward your light. In Jesus’ name, I pray.

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Genesis 1:24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds. . . And God saw that it was good… And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

Wow! The sixth day must have been exciting. Think of the fun God had creating every kind of animal in existence. But was a day twenty-four hours, or did he make and then let evolution take over? Did he draw up his plans, decide when the animal would exist, and then wait?

What about dinosaurs? Did God create dinosaurs at the same time he made the other animals? Moses wrote the first five books of our Bible under the influence of God. Moses did not know about dinosaurs, but he did write about a behemoth. Could the behemoth have been a dinosaur? What about a leviathan? Many scholars puzzle over those two words—were they mythical creatures or dinosaurs?

Scientists consider evolution and creationism theories. Christians believe God created everything but have no idea how God did it or how long it took. As a matter of fact, at the birth of each animal, God is still creating.

Robert Plot found the first dinosaur bone in 1677. William Buckland found a similar fossil and concluded it was an ancient carnivorous lizard called “Megalosaurus.” While taking a stroll in Sussex, England, in 1822, Mary Ann Mantell collected a “fossil reptile” and named it “Iguanodon.”  Finally, in 1842, Sir Richard Owen called the fossils “Dinosauria,” meaning terrible lizard. After so many discoveries, we know dinosaurs existed, but did God make them?

Christians believe God did. Everything came from his word. Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. There is no point in arguing over this fact. There is a God who created everything. The argument is how and when he did this creating.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for creating my world. Thank you for allowing us to discover different aspects of this world through science. Please help us understand your creations without bickering over trivial matters. In Jesus’ name, I pray.

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