Scripture: The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.
Reflection: The latter portion of this verse says that "he who wins souls is wise." Jesus' focus was on evangelism and the heart of evangelism is winning souls. If Solomon in all of his wisdom explains that the act of soul-winning is a noble goal and is a wise thing to engage in, that would mean it is an activity we should be engaged in on a regular basis.
Application: If you are a Christian, are you making an attempt to share your faith? It is hard to go and do something you haven't purposed to get done. Have you ever considered scheduling in time for evangelism? Why not do that today and plan on an event. Pray for opportunities and then follow the Biblical instruction and be "wise."
The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Pr 11:30.
"So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed."
Reflection: Having just understood the fact that Jesus was sought by "great multitutdes" in Luke 5:15., we come to see here that Jesus took the time to seek solitude and prayer. Even when word about Him was spreading and large numbers of people sought Him, He knew He had to seek time alone and to pray.
Application: If the Son of God needed solitude and prayer, what does that say about us? It appears that this was an active "withdrawing" on His part. If Jesus did it, so must we. If you have a busy day planned, could it have been any more busy than the schedule of Jesus Christ when large numbers of people were seeking Him out? Even then, He took the time to seek solitude and prayer.
The New King James Version. 1982 (Lk 5:16). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
"And men of all nations, from all the kings of the earth who had heard of his wisdom, came to hear the wisdom of Solomon."
Reflection: To think that "men of all nations" who were "the kings of the earth" were hearing about the "wisdom of Solomon" and it had spread throughout the lands. Something interesting to note is that being around wise people is helpful. You want to surround yourself with wise counsel and receive wise instruction. These people had received information about such a wise king as Solomon and they wanted to be around Him.
Application: To think that we have the words of Solomon in the Bible and we can read it each day. What a blessing! Then, on top of that, we also know that "One wiser than Solomon" is Jesus Christ and we can read what He said and did in the Bible. Have you read the Bible today? Are you reading it each day to grow and understand? Seek His counsel.
The New King James Version. 1982 (1 Ki 4:34). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
"And pall who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. So when they saw Him, they were amazed;"
Reflection: Even as a young child, Jesus Christ had an impact on those around Him. They could se there was incredible wisdom and insight from Him. In the Scriptures, it says He was "listening to" His "teachers" and He was "asking them questions." What they heard "amazed" and "astonished" His hearers.
Application: Jesus Christ was the "God with us" and the amazing thing is we can know the God of the universe and ask Him for His wisdom. Read James 1 and see what it says about wisdom. Have you asked Him to do this for you?
The New King James Version. 1982 (Lk 2:47–48). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.
"This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!"
Reflection: From a cloud, the voice of the Father sounded while Jesus was on the mountain with three of the disciples. It must have been an incredible experience to see the transfiguration of Jesus Christ. The Bible says, "they were afraid." What we fill our minds with can have a lasting impact on us.
Application: Who and what are you listening to today? Is it spiritually beneficial? Are you reading the Word of God? Attending Church? If not, make a concentrated effort to do so. "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'"
The New King James Version. 1982 (Mark 9:7). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.; Ibid., (Jn 14:6).
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