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Joy and Sorrow

Reading: Proverbs 8: 1-4 & 22-31

Verses 22-23: “The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works… I was appointed for eternity”.

Proverbs 8 opens with wisdom calling out. It then speaks of why mankind should seek wisdom and of how we can use wisdom. Then, in verse 22, we find a shift. Read through New Testament eyes we read wisdom as Jesus Christ. Hear Jesus’ voice in verses 22 and 23 as we read, “The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works… I was appointed for eternity”. Before the creation of the world that we find in Genesis 1, Jesus was with God. In this Genesis account we also read that when the darkness was still over the surface of the deep, the Spirit of God was “hovering over the waters”. In the beginning, the Trinity was there.

Verses 24-29 contain a simple reminder of the creation story. Jesus was there before the oceans, before the mountains, before the fields, before God marked out the deep, before the clouds… When God “marked the foundations of the earth”, Jesus was there. Like God, there is the eternal nature to Jesus.

In verses 30 and 31 we catch a glimpse of the relational nature of Jesus. He was the craftsman at God’s side. He was filled with delight and rejoiced in God’s presence. Jesus also rejoiced in God’s creation and he delighted in humankind. When I consider these thoughts, both joy and sorrow come to my heart. I rejoice because this is how I see Jesus living out his earthly life. He rejoiced in interacting with and ministering to people. Jesus loved one and all. This is an extension of what he felt as creation began and continued to unfold as he was at God’s side. But there is also a little sadness for me. In spite of his great love for us, that was not enough. Jesus had to die for the ones he loved. On our own we could not and cannot overcome sin. So in love he gave himself for us. Jesus’ love is so much greater than our love. While I am a little sad that he had to, I am so very grateful that Jesus Christ loved me that much. Thanks be to God.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the beautiful world that you created. Thank you for my place in it. More than that though, thank you for the gift of your son, who went all in for me and for all of humankind. Thank you God. Thank you. Amen.

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Teach Them Well

I’ve heard that when people have an experience where they think they are going to die, that their life flashes before their eyes.  At times with those near to death, they often reminisce about their lives as the end draws near.  Even after death, at funerals we tell stories and share about a life well-lived.  We are wired to be connectional and relational and this process of remembering our past brings comfort. peace, and often strength.

The process of remembering and retelling also serves to help the next generation.  So we must not limit this gift to end of life moments.  When we share our lives and experiences, we can teach the young people in our midst.  Our stories of faith and life lived as a believer can strengthen and encourage them.  It may even give them a model to follow or an example to look upon as then navigate through life.

From the beginning, God directed the parents to instruct their children in His ways.  They were to write His word on the doorposts of their homes, to write it upon the hearts and minds of their children, to carry it in little boxes tied to their foreheads and forearms.  This charge is the same for us.  May we too be diligent in teaching our children and young people about Christ and what it means to live as a Christian.

Scripture reference: Deuteronomy 34: 1-12