In the Beginning God …

Discovering Truth:

Our topic is wisdom – becoming a wise woman.

Where shall we begin?

Let’s begin where God Himself begins – in His Word. In the beginning God …  Genesis 1:1. God was there … in the beginning … before anything or anyone was created.  There He was!  In all His glory, His majesty, His power, His wisdom, and His goodness.  There He was! That is really a greater truth than our minds can grasp, but there He was!

By His own goodness and power and by His own determined will and design, He moved upon the face of the earth. And that is where wisdom on this earth began.

Listen to Proverbs 3:19: The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens.  God’s wisdom was there. His wisdom is still here, and His wisdom will exist throughout eternity.

So, for us, mere created beings, we can never know wisdom apart from the Creator.  There is no true wisdom apart from Him, and there is no true goodness apart from Him.

To become a wise woman, we must begin with Him.  Our tendency will be to begin with ourselves, our thoughts, our desires, our own lives, and maybe even our upbringing, but those will all fail us.  We must begin with God Himself. God has chosen to reveal Himself and His wisdom through His Word.

And did you know that we have both the written word (the Bible) and the Living Word (Jesus Christ)?  Speaking of Jesus, John explains: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  John 1:1-2

You may be wondering when are we going to talk about being a wise woman.  We will get there, but we can never get there without the proper foundation.  We must build these truths upon truth alone.  We must begin in the beginning – with God Himself and with His Word.

In the beginning … God! Thanking You, Father, that all these centuries later, you are still here!

 

Personal Reflection:

I’ll have to be honest.  After becoming a Christian, I had doubts that would arise in my mind.  I shared with you previously how the Lord had to renew my mind through the study of the Bible.  But I still had to wonder … Was everything that was written in the Bible really true?  Did it still apply today? Could I be sure that it did not have mistakes in it?  How would I be able to decide what parts were true and right and what parts might have error or be outdated?  You can hear the doubts, can’t you?

However, God did an amazing work in my heart to settle all those questions early in my Christian life.  God walked me through the pages of the New Testament to show me what Jesus believed.  It was there where I found that Jesus believed ALL of the Scripture. He even declared that not the tiniest stroke would pass away until it was all fulfilled (Matthew 5:18).  That one truth would have been enough to convince someone, but I discovered so much more.

I found that Jesus Himself believed and referred to some of the passages most often questioned by so many. Jesus quoted from Deuteronomy in the temptation in the wilderness (Matthew 4). Jesus validated the Creation account of Adam and Eve when answering the Pharisees’ questions about marriage and divorce (Matthew 19, Mark 10). Jesus referenced Jonah and the big fish as an example of the resurrection showing that He would be in the “belly” of the earth (as Jonah had been in the belly of the whale) for three days (Matthew 12:40).  Jesus explained His second coming by using the examples of Noah and the flood and Lot and the destruction of Sodom.  He even referred to Lot’s wife being turned into a pillar of salt (Luke 17:26-32).  All of those Old Testaments accounts are questioned and even mocked by many, but what I saw was that Jesus believed them.  And He believed all of them, just as they were written.  It was right at that point that truth was opened to me.  If Jesus (my Lord) believed the Scriptures. I could rest assured that they were true indeed.  Settled … settled … settled.  The doubts and questions went away, and a solid confidence in the Word of God was born.  I would believe the Bible to be the Word of God, and I would believe it just as it is written! Case closed. And what a settled heart that brought to me!

 

So, Until the Next Time:

Continue to ask God to reveal ways that you might be thinking according to the world’s wisdom or your own opinions.

Start with God Himself whenever you are seeking to know truth.

Ask God to settle your heart fully that the Bible is indeed the Word of God.

Prepare your heart to receive truth and wisdom from Him.

 

In the beginning God …

Genesis 1:1

 

 

2 thoughts on “In the Beginning God …

  1. “I am sorry”
    Dear Donna,
    I have pondered upon the truths in your writings, and even prayed that God will teach me not just to read them, but to apply ALL that He, himself has and will give to my heart.

    But God had a ‘ higher ground’ for me to walk on yesterday. Your writings spoke deeply to me of your obedience to God, and then God questioned my obedience in encouraging you, His messenger. Did I encourage you in your writing by sharing how it is ministering to me? or had I even just said ‘thanks’?. The answer was “No”.

    At dinner, I shared these thoughts with my husband. He STRONGLY agreed, with a look of disappointment that I had not taken the time to do so. (Yes! my husband knows all the teachings that I am a part of.)

    Then, as the confirmation of my husband was not enough, God took me this morning to Jammeye Galloway’s comment (above), and then to His Word in Luke 17: 15-17:-
    One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. Jammeye took the time to say thanks, and encourage you on.

    Verse 17:
    “And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?”

    So, now I hope you will understand the opening remark,'” I am sorry “.

    God is using these truths in my life. Thanks for your obedience to Him in writing and sending them to us, the women out there.

    With prays for encouragement.
    Joy

  2. Thank you for that encouragement. God has blessed me so much in my life through His Word. He has called me, first, to live these truths, never being found only speaking or writing of them, then to share them with other women needing encouragement in truth, and finally to leave these encouragements for the next generations that perhaps they would be blessed by the truth of God’s Word. I do appreciate you and the prayers!

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