Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 24, 2016

Thankful for “God’s doing” – “by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness”

Today’s devotion comes from Proverbs 8:12-21.

“12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
And I find knowledge and discretion.
13 “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way
And the perverted mouth, I hate.
14 “Counsel is mine and sound wisdom;
I am understanding, power is mine.
15 “By me kings reign,
And rulers decree justice.
16 “By me princes rule, and nobles,
All who judge rightly.
17 “I love those who love me;
And those who diligently seek me will find me.
18 “Riches and honor are with me,
Enduring wealth and righteousness.
19 “My fruit is better than gold, even pure gold,
And my yield better than choicest silver.
20 “I walk in the way of righteousness,
In the midst of the paths of justice,
21 To endow those who love me with wealth,
That I may fill their treasuries.”  Proverbs 8:12-21.

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So hard to write this devotion.

First of all, it is Thanksgiving, a holiday, surely I can skip writing this holiday.

Second, although today’s Scripture shows that wisdom dwells with prudence in verse 12, I rather have fun than be with prudence.

Third, although today’s Scripture states that the fear of the LORD is to hate evil in verse 13, I am not sure how much I hate evil.  When I don’t participate in evil, too often I like to look at it from a safe distance.

Fourth, although kings rule and rulers decree justice in verse 15, I don’t readily identify myself with such leaders.

Fifth, although riches and enduring wealth and filled treasuries are with wisdom, too often I worry about my bank account and retirement savings.

Too often, my mind is set on man’s doing.

But then, through God’s grace, I think of Scripture and God’s doing.

“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble;  but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God.  But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 1:26-31.

And, I am thankful.  By God’s doing, I am in Christ.

By God’s doing, I have the wisdom of Christ.

By God’s doing, I have the righteousness of Christ.

By God’s doing, I have attained “all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself,  in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”  Colossians 2:2-3.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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