August 16 - Given & Received.
“The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal, Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man. I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy.”
This chapter was not penned by Solomon, instead, a man named Agur, the son of Jakeh was chosen by the Lord to record what the Holy Spirit inspired him to write.
He recognized that he had not learned anything on his own or of himself, and also acknowledged that there was nothing good about him.
“For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”
Before we can tell others about their need for the Lord, we must realize our own need for Him.
Agur chose to teach others.
He had students who learned from him, Ithiel and Ucal.
2 Timothy 2:1-2
“Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”
We are wise to purposefully disciple others in their walk with the Lord.
When we give our time to teach and counsel younger Christians, we are following the Lord’s pattern for growing His church.
The gift of Salvation does not stop the day we receive Christ as our Saviour.
We are to grow in Him each day as we walk in fellowship with Him.
2 Peter 3:17-18
“Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.”
Wisdom is not learned or achieved, but rather given and received.
Job 19-20 | 2 Peter 1 | Proverbs 16
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