How wonderfully wise God is!
Welcome everyone. What does the bible mean when it calls God wise? To be truly wise, one’s intelligence and cleverness needs to be harnessed to a right end. It is moral goodness put into practice. Wisdom is both the power to see and the desire to choose the best and highest goal. Only God is fully wise in this way. His wisdom can never be thwarted because power is as much God’s essence as his wisdom is. Listen to these biblical descriptions of God’s divine character.
He is wise in heart and mighty in strength (Job 9:4)
He is strong in power…there is no searching of his understanding (Isaiah 40:26,28)
Wisdom and might are his (Daniel 2:20)
Wisdom without power would be pathetic. Power without wisdom would be merely frightening. But in God are found BOTH. Boundless wisdom and endless power UNITED! This makes him utterly worthy of our trust. Is this what you want? To have LORD GOD at the centre of your life. His will and way. His honour, his presence and purpose.
We humans love to boast in how wise and smart we are. In our 1st bible reading today God says, ‘all such boasting is evil.’ (James 4:16) We might be ‘wise in our own eyes’ (Proverbs 3:7) but we are certainly not in God’s eyes. Listen to what God says is truly worth boasting about.
This is what the Lord says:
‘Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,
but let the one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,’ declares the Lord.
Before our 1st reading from God’s word, let’s ask God to give us ‘the understanding to know him’ as he truly is.
God only wise,
Thank you that all the bible is God-breathed
and able to make us wise for salvation
through faith in Christ Jesus.
Open our hearts to receive your word
and to be transformed by it
both in our minds and our wills.
We pray this that we may know you better,
love you more and so follow your Son
in trust and obedience all the days of our life.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen
BIBLE READING 1
James 4:13-17 (NIV)
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.
A time of confessing our sins
Our wise God wants to give his wisdom to us. If only we would learn to rightly fear him and gladly submit to his ways. Hear the call of God’s wisdom in these verses from Proverbs ch 3.
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 straight your paths.
Be not wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and shun evil.
It will be healing to your body
and refreshment to your bones.
Let’s confess our wilful failure to be the wise person described here.
we have knowingly strayed from your ways.
We have followed too much the schemes and desires
of our own hearts.
We have been wise in our own eyes.
Not fearing you as we ought,
or shunning evil as a truly wise person would.
We have known what is good and not done it.
Please forgive us for our foolish, stubborn, proud hearts.
Gracious God restore and renew us
Make us truly wise.
Full of the good deeds done in the humility
that come from trust in the Lord Jesus.
Your Son our Saviour. Amen.
1 Corinthians 1:30-31
It is because of God that we are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.’
Here is a new song our 6pm church sing. Let’s begin to learn it now so we can sing it when we get back together! It is called ‘By Grace Alone.’
SOME RESOURCES FOR OUR CHILDREN
Here are some great resources provided by Quiz Worx Puppets. They teach that THE RISEN KING JESUS CHANGES PEOPLE. The following resources are available for our use:
● Activity Sheets (for ages 2-4, 5-8, 9-12);
● Discussion Questions & Family Devotions;
● Craft/Game Ideas;
● Videos for the Kids' Talk, Memory Verse & Bonus material
BIBLE READING 2
Psalm 127 (ESV)
A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.
1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labour in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
3 Behold, sons are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the sons of one's youth.
5 Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
1. How would explain to others the truth ‘Unless the LORD builds the house those who build it labour in vain.’ Remember the 3 bible stories shared to help with this.
2. Talk about the benefits of sleep – physically and spiritually. Share one way you could honour God more in your approach to sleep.
3. What are some of God’s instructions in the bible about how to parent children? Why is God’s grace so important if you are a parent?
4. The Lord’s work in the New Testament is gospel ministry. How might you be involved in this great work in your typical, ordinary Mon-Fri life?
PRAYERS BASED ON PSALM 127
1. For applying God’s Psalm 127 wisdom today
Help us in every project of our lives
to want ‘your will to be done’.
Whatever we do, help us to work at it with all our heart,
as working for you.
Help us to receive all your good gifts
not as gods to be worshipped
but as blessings to be enjoyed with thankfulness.
To sleep at night having left all of our cares and worries with you.
To raise our families so we can serve and honour you together.
Help us not to be fools but wise.
In all things looking to you – our King and Saviour.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
2. For living out Psalm 127 now that Jesus has come
Thank you that what matters most is not that
we are married, or have children and grandchildren
but that we have left everything to follow your Son.
In him we have many sons and daughters
and a new home and new family too.
Thank you for the everlasting kingdom and family
and home that Jesus is building
through his death and resurrection.
Help us to be obeying his command
‘To be making disciples from all nations.’
For such labour Lord you have told us
will never be in vain.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen
Our final song is a wonderful prayer in the spirit of Psalm 127.
Our Closing Words
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58