Ben Reaoch | Category: Sunday Follow-Up
Sunday we began a study through Proverbs. I introduced the book, talked about Solomon’s life, and then focused on the theme of fearing the Lord. Here is an outline of the themes I plan to cover in the coming weeks.
Here is a quote I shared in the sermon on Sunday. This captures so well why we desperately need God’s wisdom. And this is why I’m entering this sermon series with eager expectation of how God will bless us and mature us through this portion of His Word.
Pastor Ray Ortlund Jr. writes,
“What if we have many advantages in our lives but not wisdom? If we have love but not wisdom, we will harm people with the best of intentions. If we have courage but not wisdom, we will blunder boldly. If we have truth but not wisdom, we will make the gospel ugly to other people. If we have technology but not wisdom, we will use the best communications ever invented to broadcast stupidity. If we have revival but not wisdom, we’ll use the power of God to throw the church into reverse gear.” Then Ortlund quotes Jonathan Edwards, writing about the First Great Awakening. Edwards said this: “When the devil finds he can keep men quiet and [complacent] no longer, then he drives them to excesses and extravagances. He holds them back as long as he can; but when he can do it no longer, then he will push them on and, if possible, run them upon their heads.” (Ray Ortlund Jr., Proverbs, Preaching the Word series: Crossway, page 17)
Passion for Jesus is not enough. Biblical knowledge is not enough. Sound doctrine is not enough. We need wisdom from God to know how to use the blessings and knowledge and passion He has given us. We don’t want to be fools who squander these blessings. Rather, we want to be wise stewards of these blessings so that we can bless others and glorify God.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:3–5, ESV)
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