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Monday, February 3, 2014

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Who holds the monopoly on truth? Who reveals and conceals the secrets of the world? Who chooses to whom wisdom and knowledge will be given?

So often, Christians boast that they have “the truth” that no one else has. Undoubtedly, Christians have an advantage, since Jesus himself said, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13 ESV). But the Spirit of God is also like the wind, “you do not know where it comes from or where it goes” (John 3:8). And this is what is clearly seen in Scripture. God chooses whomever He wishes: a pagan king Cyrus is called “the anointed one” (Isaiah 45:1); Ruth, a gentile, became the great-grandmother of David; and the genealogy of Jesus Christ includes four gentile women (Matt. 1). Time and again we see that all the inhabitants of earth are God’s children. Proverbs makes no exception.

The opening line of Proverbs 30 tells us about Agur who shares his wisdom. The identity of Agur is unknown, but we know that he was most likely from Massa. The word is translated as “the oracle” and in Hebrew it primarily means a place.  That could mean that he was not an Israelite. Whether he was an Israelite or not his sayings were given to him by the Holy Spirit and were included in the book of Proverbs.

Proverbs 30:4 presents a riddle that ends with a very important question: “Who ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? What is his name?” The reader knows the answer; it is God. He is the only one who gives true wisdom and understanding. By letting God speak to you through His Spirit, you will gain true knowledge, wisdom, and understanding for which many others around the globe are searching.

“Dear Lord, You are the God of heaven and earth.  You are the giver of wisdom and understanding.  Do keep me close to You and through Your Holy Spirit guide my life and thoughts. I do need You.  Amen.”

Oleg Kostyuk
Host, “Cross Connection”
Hope Channel, Inc.