SEEING BEYOND THE OBVIOUS
Eph. 1:8 “Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;”
The word “prudence” needs definition. It is amazing how we will read our Bible and do a kangaroo over what we don’t understand. Sometimes that part of God’s Work lies dormant because of the neglect of the reader to take time to examine.
The word “prudence” is found in 2 Chronicles 2:12, “Huram said moreover, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, that made heaven and earth, who hath given to David the king a wise son, endued with prudence and understanding, that might build an house for the LORD, and an house for his kingdom.”
“Prudent is defined as, “Cautious; circumspect; practically wise; careful of the consequences of enterprises, measures or actions; cautious not to act when the end is of doubtful utility, or probably impracticable. The prudent man looketh well to his going. Prov.14.” — Commentary by John GIll.
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS LIVED ON A HIGHER PLANE
John 8:23, “And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
This was a strange message to the unbelievers. The disciples must have had some insight but they did not let it show. Christianity is to be lived with a constant pull toward heaven. That is where the Christian belongs. When we were saved, we changed our homeland. We are now engaged in the Work of the Lord, until He comes again.
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS LIVED UNDER HIS SUPERVISION
The Lord Jesus didn’t have to come. He is a volunteer. This is the way He wants us to live. But He has now made himself available to all who call upon His name. In one way Christianity is easy. It is just a matter of trust. When an unsaved man goes to the Lord in desperation and asks for salvation, He is always welcomed at the throne of grace.
Do not make the mistake of thinking that the Lord Jesus is not in constant contact with His children. He knows who they are, what they are enduring, and is with them through it all.
Hebrews 13:5‑6, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
The Greek text (the Received Text) from which we get our King James Bible inserts the strongest possible negative in this verse: “I will never, no never, never, never, leave thee, nor never forsake you. . . So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Think of the worst thing man could do to you. Take your life? Jesus emphatically says, “I will never, never, no never leave the, I will never, never, no never forsake you. You are mine and if the enemy should take your life, I will be there for you when you step over the great divide.”
There is the proof of this in the history of the Church. Many have sung hymns and witnessed to their enemies as their flesh burned off their bones. I can hear someone say, “I don’t think I could do that.” No, and they didn’t either. The Lord was with them, strengthening them, and gave to them a song to sing at their graduation service!!!!
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS REWARDED WITH ETERNAL REWARDS
The rewards we get here are temporal in nature. They are certainly thrilling to receive. It is always good to get small blessing from Him. They let us know that He is watching and pleased with what we are doing. But man!!!! those temporal blessings will fade into the tomb of time never to be remembered, when we get the blessings that have no end.
We need to be good business people. I believe it was Jim Elliot who said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.” A man is a lunatic to put his whole emphasis on his physical body, and do it in exchange for his eternal soul.
Matthew 16:26, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”
We need to see beyond the obvious. This is seeing by faith. When we visualize in our minds what God has promised in His word, it is as good as seeing it. We do not walk by sight, we walk by faith.
May the Lord bless these words to our hearts.