August 2012

Pursuing Wisdom

With all the difficult and unforeseen storms of this life, we all desperately need wisdom to navigate this life. Proverbs is a book written to teach the simple and youthful to be wise. Today we examine Proverbs chapter two and learn why we should pursue wisdom and how to get it.

The Secret

Paul experienced joy in suffering, contentment in every situation, and peace that surpasses understanding. He rejoiced in difficult circumstances, encouraged others from a prison cell and remained humble despite being used by God in prolific ways. How was he able to do all this? We learn his secret through the book of Philippians.

Christian Generosity

Paul concludes his letter to the Philippians in the same way he started it, by thanking the Philippian Church for their partnership in the gospel. Paul commends their generosity and assures them of their sanctification and spiritual blessings. Christian generosity is a barometer of our spiritual health.

Contentment

Contrary to what the world might say, joy and contentment are not necessarily determined by our circumstances. We can learn to have joy and contentment regardless of whether we live in abundance or lack. Indeed, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.