The Riverbank Lent 2011 Devotional Plan
“The Journey to the Cross”
Day 11: Reading – Matthew 22:34-46
34 But the Pharisees, when they heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, gathered themselves together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, trying him: 36 Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 And he said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second like unto it is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 40 On these two commandments the whole law hangeth, and the prophets.
41 Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, 42 saying, What think ye of the Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David. 43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in the Spirit call him Lord, saying, 44 The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Till I put thine enemies underneath thy feet? 45 If David then calleth him Lord, how is he his son? 46 And no one was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.
Wisdom is critical on the Journey to the Cross. We need wisdom for life, safety and protection. Read verse 35 again, “…one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, trying him”. In the Message Version, it reads, “posing a question they hoped would show him up”. Isn’t that so true today? These questions are so prevalent at the different life’s intersections around us, our offices, schools, colleges, recreational centers, gyms, playgrounds, hospitals and our houses. These questions are intended to trap, embarrass, derail and destroy, but for Godly wisdom! Godly wisdom within us is designed to protect and prevent grave mishaps. Proverbs 2: 6 discloses the source of this wisdom and subsequent verses afterwards highlight the value or benefit of wisdom.
Here are some more reasons to encourage your pursuit of Wisdom:
• Discretion will preserve you after wisdom has found residency in your soul.
• Understanding will keep you and deliver you from negative and bad company.
• Deliver from evil intentions, perversity of the wicked, dubious and devious characters.
• Wisdom will deliver you from the immoral woman or man, from the seductress who flatters with her words.
Pray that God’s wisdom will permeate your heart and will be readily available when difficult questions are posed with the evil intentions to ‘bury’, ‘smear’, ‘destroy’ you in Jesus Name, Amen.