April 1, 2010

A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 39 Good Friday



Monte Holland

This is the thirty-ninth in a series of daily Lenten devotionals called “Scriptural Lessons Leading to a Godly and Moral Life.” To start the study, click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction or

To view yesterday’s A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE click on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 38

Today’s photographs feature crosses in a store window in Connellsville, PA, several years ago; a cross in the St. Francis Lithuanian Cemetery in Minersville, PA,  and a view of the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania ( . To view click on:

Winding Things Down —-True Wisdom  Proverbs 9:7-12

Whoever corrects a scoffer wins abuse; whoever rebukes the wicked gets hurt. A scoffer who is rebuked will only hate you; the wise, when rebuked, will love you. Give instruction to the wise, and they will become wiser still; teach the righteous and they will gain in learning. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight. For by me (wisdom) your days will be multiplied, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scoff, you alone will bear it.

Proverbs 9:10a Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.

     Correct expectations are important. This section of the Proverbs of Solomon gives us a “heads up” about correcting and teaching others:

     Scoffers will abuse you and hate you.

     The wicked will hurt you.

     The wise will love you and get wiser.

     The righteous will gain in learning.

     “Fear” of the Lord (standing in awe of the Lord) leads to wisdom and our insight comes from knowing the Lord God. Our work is to be wise and to share the wisdom.

     And when we share wisdom, we live more fully–knowing that the interaction can lead to abuse, pain, but also to love and joy.

     A Final Verse of Instruction as We Work in Life, Ecclesiastes 3:13:

It is God’s gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil. 

     As we summarize it seems fair to say that in the Godly, moral life we choose to keep God at the middle of things. The above verse reminds us that all things come from God and that as we work, as we serve God, pleasure should abound (even though we may have heartbreaks, setbacks, and failures.) Living in God’s presence helps us deal in a positive way with all circumstances that arise in life. Just as our coins say, “In God we trust.”

     Today, we remember the darkest day in history when Jesus went to the Cross of Calvary. Jesus trusted God even to death. Choose to encounter that day again, by putting aside daily routines and sharing in various worship opportunities, prayer, and reading of the accounts in the Holy Bible.

Continue on to the final lesson on A DAILY ON-LINE LENTEN STUDY GUIDE: 40 by clicking on: A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Day 40


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