Adviser to the Wise

1 Kings 4:5  (KJV)   And Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers: and Zabud the son of Nathan was principal officer, and the king’s friend:

1 Kings 4:5  (NIV)   Azariah son of Nathan—in charge of the district governors; Zabud son of Nathan—a priest and adviser to the king;

Ironically, Solomon, considered the wisest king who ever lived had an adviser. The adviser may very well have been a true friend to him, someone who cared for him, who would have been honest with him, who would have been concerned about his welfare. This was not someone who would be there to flatter him so that he could be closer to the king; they were already friends.

We can all learn from others. A king or a leader who learns from others shows a lot of security, maturity, humility, and real wisdom. The person of highest position or greatest knowledge or wisdom still doesn’t know it all. Even the label “know-it-all” can work both as a compliment or an insult.  Either way, it’s not literal. No one really knows it all (unless we’re God – and we’re not). Let’s glean wisdom from others. Let us be open to greater avenues of learning.

We ought to ask God for wisdom and discernment that we may recognize who the people are who really means the best for us – not for themselves. There are people who are obviously anti-us. There are people who are obvious enemies despite our goodness to them. But there are also people who know how to flow with the wind. This can be good. They can ride the tide for their own benefit. That can be good too. But there are those who will be there, going along, just for their own satisfaction, and won’t hesitate hurting others to get what they want. Let’s be careful.

Dear God, we praise You for Your Omniscience. If there’s anyone Who really knows it all, it’s You. We however, are not. Please remind us to be teachable always. Please lead us to the right people to listen to – divine connections – those who You have designed to pour into us important substances that will help us effectively navigate through our journey, in Jesus’ Name, amen.

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“Either – or” or Both

Luke 24:25-26  (KJV)   25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: 26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

Even those closest to the Lord Jesus missed out on the facts of His death and resurrection. They saw overwhelming evidences that Jesus is indeed Who He claimed to be: the Christ, Son of the living God, Lord and Savior. But when He died; their faith “died.” Their minds were set on the glorious aspects of the Messiah. They saw the wonderful demonstrations of power; great! They expected an ever expanding trip from glory to greater glory. After all, the Scripture repeatedly and emphatically speaks of a Messiah Who will reign forever. Their expectations wouldn’t be amiss; He will indeed reign forever;  but it was lacking. There was another side they failed to see: the Messiah had to suffer first. His suffering didn’t disprove His “Messiahship;” it confirmed it. They saw an incomplete picture; that’s why even in the triumphs of the resurrection, they couldn’t rejoice – they had a hard time understanding. They missed the suffering part, now they were missing the glory part; they couldn’t rejoice when Jesus gloriously defeated death and victoriously rose from the grave.

To choose “either – or” when the Scripture speaks of “both” is to end up with many possible wrong and even dangerous interpretations, doctrines and expectations. Same is true when we choose “both” when the Scripture teaches “either – or.”  The Scripture teaches the Messiah – the Prince of Peace Who alone would bring ultimate peace to all of creation, but would also be a reason for divisions. The Scripture teaches of God’s sovereignty, but also teaches on the free will of man. The Scripture teaches that we can’t be saved by good works, but we ought to strive to do good works as saved people. The Scripture teaches a God of grace, but also a God of justice, a God of love, but also a God of holiness, a God to love and a God to fear, a God Who’s our Father, but also our Master. It teaches of woman not allowed to teach in the congregation but are allowed to prophesy. Whenever we pull towards one teaching and discard the other equally true teaching, we run into a very dangerous proposition. We don’t want to miss out on the truth. We therefore ought to open our hearts, be unbiased, and be humbly and totally submitted to it. This means all truths – whether it runs contrary to our preferences or not.

Our God of Truth, may we genuinely have a heart for You. You are the Truth. Please help us to be humble that we may wave a white flag of absolute surrender to Your teachings – no matter how different they may be from what we may formerly know. Thank you for all the beliefs we have that are faithfully aligned to Your Word. Please show us where we’re amiss, and may we do what’s right. In Jesus’ Name, amen.