Wisdom — Proverbs 2:1-2

Stephen Nielsen

My son, if you will receive my words

And treasure my commandments within you,

2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom,

Incline your heart to understanding (Prov. 2:1-2).

If you want wisdom you will seek to understand God’s words.

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Wisdom — Proverbs 1:7

Stephen Nielsen

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;

Fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7).

Fools give no thought to God’s will and to wisdom. They despise it.

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And God Saw that it was Good

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The Glorious Evidence of Freedom

Stephen Nielsen

I have just read The Narrative of The Life of Frederick Douglass. It is the story of his slavery–from his young years to the time he escaped to freedom (I think he was about 19 or twenty). He went through the usual treatment, being whipped often and regarded as an animal and as the property of the slaveholder-the master. But at the same time he secretly educated himself–leaned to read and write. I have not read any more of his life than this narrative, but I have read that he came to be a very great leader and brilliant. In fact I read that Lincoln sought his advice on a few matters.

Anyway, I was so struck with what happened shortly after he escaped to freedom in the north, in New Bedford. What he experienced was not what he expected. He all along thought that free states would be…

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Large Pileated Woodpecker

Stephen Nielsen

Minnesota Red-headed Woodpecker

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Wisdom — Psalm 111:10

Stephen Nielsen

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

A good understanding have all those who do His commandments (Psalm 111:10).

When I act in wisdom I will always regard what He wants.

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Wisdom — Psalm 104:24

Stephen Nielsen

O Lord, how many are Your works!

In wisdom You have made them all;

The earth is full of Your possessions (Ps. 104:24).

God used great wisdom in His creation.

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Wisdom — Psalm 90:12

Stephen Nielsen

So teach us to number our days,

That we may present to You a heart of wisdom (Ps. 90:12).

God teaches us to use our time wisely, so that we may grow in wisdom.

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Wisdom — Psalm 51:6

Stephen Nielsen

Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being,

And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom (Ps. 51:6).

God desires truth (honesty) in my innermost being; and there He will make me understand wisdom.

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Wisdom — Psalm 37:30

Stephen Nielsen

The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom,

And his tongue speaks justice (Ps. 37:30).

The righteous man will speak wisdom, then and also justice.

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