Friday, February 26, 2010

Ornament of Grace

1 Hear, my children, the instruction of a father,
And give attention to know understanding;
2 For I give you good doctrine:
Do not forsake my law.
3 When I was my father’s son,
Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother,
4 He also taught me, and said to me:

“ Let your heart retain my words;
Keep my commands, and live.
5 Get wisdom! Get understanding!
Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.
6 Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you;
Love her, and she will keep you.
7 Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.
8 Exalt her, and she will promote you;
She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
9 She will place on your head an ornament of grace;
A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”

(Proverbs 4:1-9, New King James Version)

Ornament of Grace

I cannot think of a Bible passage more relevant for teens than these verses from Proverbs 4. Solomon is retelling the advice that his own father had given to him. When you think of all of the many instructions that King David gave to his son, Solomon, it is interesting that these instructions were ones that Solomon remembered enough to include in his Proverbs.

Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.

What was Solomon saying in these verses? Was he encouraging us to get all of the education we can? That is the world's view, is it not? Go to college; get a degree, and then you will have a life of success.

That is not what Solomon meant, was it? We do not gain wisdom from the teachings of this world. Wisdom comes from God, alone. Does that mean it is wrong to go to college? Of course not! But, in every aspect of our lives, even as Christian teens, wisdom from God should permeate our very being!

So, what do we gain from getting wisdom?

8 "Exalt her, and she will promote you;
She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.
9 She will place on your head an ornament of grace;
A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”

There is our word, "grace." Wisdom will place on our head an ornament of grace, and wisdom will deliver to us a crown of glory. Amazing! It sounds so easy, does it not? Why, then, do most people, even professing Christians, waste so many years chasing after the things of this world?

I challenge you, as a Christian teen, to think seriously about this. What motivates or drives you? Are you motivated by the desires and pleasures of this world, or are you motivated to gain wisdom from the Lord, so that it will be an ornament of grace on your head?

Interesting question, isn't it?

God Bless You,
Linda

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