The Bible strictly states that one should not make any graven image of God, and the above image of Jesus is highly unlikely to be an accurate depiction of a Jew in 30AD. More like some movie star or ancient Roman hunk actually.
Yet this was one of the paintings that hung in the hallways of ACJS when I was a student, and it’s something that has seared into my mind for life. It’s only human nature to visualise people and objects and God knew that all too well. But that’s not the point of this post.
You know, lately, with so many things and changes happening in my life, this blog is just getting more and more secular.
It really shouldn’t be, despite the fun I have with photography and generally moaning about things that could be better but doesn’t really matter in the bigger scale of things.
I think a lot of people read this blog and come away thinking I’m an unhappy chap, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Surprised?
If I were to count my blessings, I could write a really long list. I’ve constantly asked God to give me what I need, plus a little bit more. Though I often grieve at the sad things that have happened, God has provided more than what I deserve.
So just to remind myself and my readers where our focus really should be (hint – look up in the sky or in your heart), it’s time to share a Bible verse that is equally seared on my grey cells too.
I was once told by a good, God-loved friend that this is the verse that would guide my life, and reading it again after a long time, I can’t help but agree. It marks out clearly my weaknesses, and preaches humility over pride at all times.
Of course, it applies to everyone in general, but you know when it makes you feel extremely guilty about how your life is. Every single line is like a sledgehammer that hits right home. I’m hope from here, this blog takes a turn for the better 😀
Further Benefits of Wisdom
1 My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you prosperity.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight. [a]
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the LORD and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
9 Honor the LORD with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
11 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline
and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
as a father [b] the son he delights in.
13 Blessed is the man who finds wisdom,
the man who gains understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her;
those who lay hold of her will be blessed.
19 By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations,
by understanding he set the heavens in place;
20 by his knowledge the deeps were divided,
and the clouds let drop the dew.
21 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment,
do not let them out of your sight;
22 they will be life for you,
an ornament to grace your neck.
23 Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble;
24 when you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 Have no fear of sudden disaster
or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
26 for the LORD will be your confidence
and will keep your foot from being snared.
27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it,
when it is in your power to act.
28 Do not say to your neighbor,
"Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow"—
when you now have it with you.
29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
who lives trustfully near you.
30 Do not accuse a man for no reason—
when he has done you no harm.
31 Do not envy a violent man
or choose any of his ways,
32 for the LORD detests a perverse man
but takes the upright into his confidence.
33 The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked,
but he blesses the home of the righteous.
34 He mocks proud mockers
but gives grace to the humble.
35 The wise inherit honor,
but fools he holds up to shame.