by the Rev. Dr. John Fairless
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Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
We are reminded that Wisdom is among the earliest of God's creations, a fact which coincides nicely with the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
(see the Gospel commentary below)
The praise of God extends from the highest ("your glory is above the heavens") to the lowest ("out of the mouths of babes and infants....")
In a universe filled with absolutely mind-boggling diversity and creativity, God notices and thinks about us.
Here's an excellent exercise in gaining perspective -- the film "The Known Universe" from the American Museum of Natural History. It is about 6 minutes long -- I highly recommend it!
What a great "laundry list" of the benefits of knowing God and being justified by faith!
- Peace with God
- Grace in which to stand
- Hope for life's journey
- Sharing the glory of God
There's just no way for us to learn or remember everything Jesus tried to teach us. One of the main functions of God's Holy Spirit, then, is to guide us into truth and to remind us of what Jesus had to say.
We have access to the "wisdom of God" (see Proverbs text, above) by the Spirit; the Spirit takes what is said in heaven and declares the mind of God to us. I am certain that it requires a bit of patient listening on our part -- but the inner voice of God's Spirit is always there for us.
by the Rev. Dr. Delmer L. Chilton