Monday, September 8, 2014

The Importance of Words

“What’s a nanosecond, Keller?” I asked my ten-year-old grandson.

“Papa, everyone knows what a nanosecond is,” he replied with a wry smile across his lips, as if teasing me.

“Well, not quite everyone. If I knew, I wouldn’t ask.” I felt like I needed to go back to school. Immediately!

“It means one, one billionth of a second. It’s used to measure the speed of light and other stuff,” he replied casually. Not having any need to measure the speed of light, I thought it was a good time to end the conversation. I realized how little I knew about some things.

But there is one thing I do know without any doubt: God took great care to choose the exact words He needed to clearly transmit His message of redemption. No second guessing about what He wanted us to understand. No hidden meanings for a special class of people. Nothing is left to our imagination that could cause us to make an error in God’s intended message or directions for our lives.

This is very obvious in Proverbs 1:2-4. God, through Solomon, let us know that there is a right way and a wrong way to “live life.” Each of us has choices to make about the way we will live: a life of righteousness with God’s power that will honor and glorify Him, or a sinful, self-centered life that leads to death and damages others.

Ten of the approximately forty words in Proverbs 1:2-4 provide different aspects on ways to understand even see and apply God’s wisdom for daily, God-centered, living.

God leaves nothing to “chance.” He wants us to succeed!

Prayer:  Thank You, Father, for the “God As My Helper” successful living guide book. May we follow it carefully. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today:  Proverbs 1:2-4 for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young—

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