Dietrich Bonhoeffer said…
Christians hunger and thirst for righteousness, they long for the redeeming Word again and again. It can only come from the outside. In themselves they are destitute and dead. Help must come from the outside; and it has come and comes daily and anew in the Word of Jesus Christ, bringing us redemption, righteousness, innocence, and blessedness.
Proverbs 3:3,4: Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them round your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favour and a good name in the sight of God and man.
Growth is part of our Christian life. I must confess that sometimes I feel as if I do not grow, but rather moving backwards. Sometimes my spiritual life blows hot and sometimes cold. Sometimes it is only lukewarm. Sometimes there are highs and sometimes lows. Yet, there is movement. It is dynamic.
The wisdom that God gives shakes our lives. If God teaches you wisdom, there will always be some movement in your life. Positive growth takes place as we sit at the feet of God, hear his voice and live near him. Stagnation occurs when we turn our backs on him. Without God's wisdom a downward curve of negative ‘growth’ is the result. Positive growth, an upward curve, is the result of fellowship with God.
What is this positive growth? The poet says that people learning God's wisdom must remain faithful and loyal to what they learn (4). It sounds like the admonition of Paul to Timothy, ‘But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus’ (2 Timothy 3: 14, 15). The poet says that love and loyalty or faithfulness must be the characteristics of those on the path of wisdom.
Love and faithfulness? It sounds exactly like the qualities of God (Exodus 34:6). What does it mean? It is simple. God calls us to be like Him. Something of God should be in our lives. It is clear that the New Testament calls us to be like Jesus - the epitome of God's love and faithfulness (John 1:14-18). Listen to what Peter said, ‘His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires’ (2 Peter 1:3,4).
God's wisdom is the source of growth. This growth brings about more of faithfulness and love in our lives. It is God's gift to you. If you want to share in it, it is simple: Live with your ear close to his mouth!
Spirit of wisdom, make me more like you - full of love and faithfulness, in Jesus' name. Amen.