Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thirst for Wisdom

A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.
Proverbs 15:14

Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous...They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the LORD to care for them...They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor. The wicked will see this and be infuriated. They will grind their teeth in anger; they will slink away, their hopes thwarted. (Psalm 112:4-10)

Lately I find myself avoiding television and seeking that which satisfies my thirst for truth and righteousness. Television is like junk food, satisfying an immediate craving but rarely satisfying our inner hunger. It rarely provides lasting gratification. In seeking wisdom, and in looking for biblical guidance, I am rewarded with a spiritual meal that fills me and holds me over. My effort to read the Bible in a year often means I'm not stopping and lingering as much as I'd like, but my nourishment is steady and eternally satisfying.

Yesterday's reading wrapped up with these passages from Psalms and Proverbs. I love the message of Psalm 112. Be generous. Be compassionate. Be righteous. (Note: "righteous" not "self-righteous" not "perfect")

I like that in seeking satisfaction in godly things, we see that in godliness there is reward. There is strength. There is fearlessness. With God on your side, who can stand against you? You don't have to worry about anyone or anything that rises up in your path. Put your faith in Him and let the rest slink away.


No comments: