Keep Growing . . . Wisdom is Supreme

By P Chong

Originally Penned  on Wednesday, 17 March 2004

“Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom . . . ” Proverbs 4:7

No one can claim to know enough. Knowledge is dynamic and is ever growing. Either you keep pace with it or you’ll lag behind. A recent survey revealed that two-thirds of the nation’s doctors are – two years behind the breakthroughs in their own field. Think what that means for their patients! If you’re too busy to learn – you’re too busy to improve; before you know it, you’ll be equipped to live only in the past. Think how much you need to learn every day just to keep ahead of what you’re forgetting! You’ve got to become a continual learner! One of the greatest obstacles to growth isn’t ignorance, it’s knowledge, for the more you learn, the more you think you know it all. You become unteachable and stop growing. Don’t let it happen. Listen to what God says about your personal growth.

  • “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; . . . Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” (Prov 4:6,7)
  • “The Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (Prov 2:6)
  • “A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength.” (Prov 24:5)
  • “Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive . . . ” (2 Pet 1:5-8)

Give the Word of God a central place in your life today and make a commitment to keep growing in wisdom – for that’s the essence of happiness, knowledge and power. It is the stuff that a God-centred man is made of.

By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”

Proverbs 24:3-4 (NIV)

Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain.” – Psalm 127:1

Where do you start getting the knowledge of God? The right place is the Bible – from Genesis to Revelation. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and teaching in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16).

Man Proposes, God Disposes

Man Proposes, God Disposes

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“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55: 8-9

It’s clear from the above what Prophet Isaiah was trying to convey to us. In Proverbs 3:5 we are told :”Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Our steps and destiny are guided by God. Man can only do the possible and leave he impossible to God.

When man fails to understand something or cannot fathom a solution to a problematic event, we like to term it as a “mystery”. To God nothing is a mystery. Nothing is impossible. You may say that to Napoleon the word “impossible” was not to be found in his dictionary, but there was Waterloo to prove otherwise. But when God deliberately reduced Gideon’s army to a mere number against the might of his enemies, God’s almightiness squashed all human doubts with resounding victories.

Impossible happenings to human beings are termed as “miracles”. In Jesus’ time, the lame walked, the lepers healed, the deaf heard, the dumb talked, and Lazarus who was dead and gone, rose from his grave at the command of Jesus. From the creation of the universe in a matter of days to the feeding of thousands with merely two loaves of bread and five fishes all spelt the glory of God. There are countless wonders and miracles filling the pages of the Bible from Genesis to the Book of Revelation. Still human beings harbour doubts in their hearts.

We are nothing without God. Like the lilies of the valley that come on with Spring and fading away with Summer, the same it is with humans. Are we permanent features that will withstand time and last forever? You know the answer to that. Quo vadis? Where do we go from here?

There is but one place for all eternity. From the womb to the tomb there is but one room – it’s either up in heaven or down in hell where for all eternity you’ll yell! Better be up and about and draw near to God above.

Be saved and sound

Rather in hell be found!

Paul Chong

The “Red Sea” in Our Life

The “Red Sea” in Our Life

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

(PROVERBS 3:5,6 )

Our life is a yo-yo. It’s a ship that sails in the high sea, sometimes calm, sometimes rough and even fearful. It never runs smoothly. As long as life exists, problems are bound to be present. They only differ in degrees of toughness among each and every one of us. Nobody is exempted, rich or poor, young or old. It is as though we were born to suffer, for didn’t we utter our first cry the day we were born? Right through life we appear to be crying out for things, and when we finally die, we stop crying but others cry for us.

Inevitably, we’ll be confronted with the ”Red Sea” in our life. It may be a career problem that seems insurmountable. It may be our marriage that seems to be failing. Or it could be a health problem that will stamp us with an untimely demise. Whatever the situation, it is evident that our life will always be in a state of flux; nothing can ever remain the same.

Changes are ever present. There is no permanency in life. Sweetness can turn sour. Freshness can become stale. Human beings live by sight and act upon what we see. Life is one big drama and God is right in the midst of it. At the “Red Sea” there was no way out without God, for no one else could claim the glory except God. That’s the way it is.

We tend to rationalise and justify for all happenings. The defenceless Israelites cried out, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” (Ex. 14:11b-12). We are such faithless creatures. The dramatics of life works us up. We begin to apportion blame on God. Like the Israelites, we never learn. If only we learn to turn all odds to God Proverbs 3:5, 6 says it all: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Whatever the circumstances

Remember in all instances

God’s always in control.

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent