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Higher Wisdom

This is the time of year we are making resolutions and hopefully changes for the better. Wisdom – or a lack thereof - stands behind all of our choices and decisions. So, how do we gain more wisdom? How do we get better at life?

Proverbs

January 16, 2022 • Dustin Funk • Proverbs 7:6–27

Proverbs 7:6-27 At the window of my house I looked down through the lattice. I saw among the simple, I noticed among the young men, a youth who had no sense. He was going down the street near her corner, walking along in the direction of her house at twilight, as the day was fading, as the dark of night set in. Then out came a woman to meet him, dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent. (She is unruly and defiant, her feet never stay at home; now in the street, now in the squares, at every corner she lurks.) She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said: “Today I fulfilled my vows, and I have food from my fellowship offering at home. So I came out to meet you; I looked for you and have found you! I have covered my bed with colored linens from Egypt. I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning; let’s enjoy ourselves with love! My husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey. He took his purse filled with money and will not be home till full moon.” With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk. All at once he followed her like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life. Now then, my sons, listen to me; pay attention to what I say. Do not let your heart turn to her ways or stray into her paths. Many are the victims she has brought down; her slain are a mighty throng. Her house is a highway to the grave, leading down to the chambers of death.

Ecclesiastes

January 23, 2022 • Dustin Funk • Ecclesiastes 2:1–11, Ecclesiastes 1:14, Ecclesiastes 2:24–26, Ecclesiastes 12:11–14, Ecclesiastes 3:11

Ecclesiastes 2:1,10, 11 I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.”… I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure… Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:14 “it is like a chasing after the wind …” Ecclesiastes 2:24–26 A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. Ecclesiastes 12:1, 2 Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come… Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14 “Fear God and keep his commandments; that is the whole duty of humans. For God will bring every deed into judgment, every hidden thing, whether good or evil”. Ecclesiastes 12:11 The words of the wise are like goads… Ecclesiastes 3:11 God has set eternity in the human heart; “The universe is a universe of nonsense, but since you are here, grab what you can. Unfortunately, however, there is, on these terms, so very little left to grab — only the coarsest sensual pleasures. You can’t except in the lowest animal sense, be in love with a girl if you know (and keep on remembering) that all the beauties both of her person and of her character are a momentary and accidental pattern produced by the collision of atoms, and that your own response to them is only a sort of psychic phosphorescence arising from the behaviour of your genes. You can’t go on getting any very serious pleasure from music if you know and remember that its air of significance is pure illusion, that you like it only because your nervous system is irrationally conditioned to like it. You may still, in the lowest sense, have a “good time”; but just in so far as it becomes very good, just in so far as it ever threatens to push you on from cold sensuality into real warmth and enthusiasm and joy, so afar you will be forced to feel the hopeless disharmony between your own emotions and the universe in which you really live.” CS Lewis, - Present Concerns

Job

January 30, 2022 • Dustin Funk • Job 19:21, Job 1, Isaiah 55:8–9, Job 42:3

Job 1:9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. Job 1:1 This man [Job] was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Job 42:3 “surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things to wonderful for me to know” Job 1:21 “the Lord gives, the Lord takes, forever blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 19:25 “I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth”