Wisdom’s Ways provide by the late Rev. A. Linford

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Rev. A. Linford, before his decease, was recognized as a good, great and interesting Bible teacher in the Assemblies of God Fellowship for many years. He was a well-loved Bible College lecturer and writer that bequeathed a tremendous amount of Biblical material in his generation. What a legacy he has left to be researched and brought forth to refresh our day! We shall be using such on this site: His writings from the book of Proverbs and also his Editorials that he wrote for the Redemption Tidings when he was its editor. I trust you will enjoy and appreciate his inspired teaching.

 

WISDOM IS LIFE

 

“For whoso findeth me findeth life” – Proverbs 8: 32-36

 

Again we have gracious appeal from the teacher to the pupil. It is a tender approach: the attitude of a tutor is of great importance to his acceptance, there must be a rapport between the giver of instruction and the receiver. The teaching is not merely mind to mind; it is also heart to heart. It is a teaching approach, for it is not enough to have words, one’s words must be apt, sententious, wise and knowledgeable. It is a timely approach – “Now, therefore”. Lessons need to be repeated with emphasis, recounted with fervour and received with enthusiasm.

 

A blessing: The path of obedience to wisdom’s directions is a blessed one. God’s blessing is more than happiness, which term by definition depends on happenings. It is true that as our ”hap happens” – Ruth 2:3 our lives are enriched with “handfuls of purpose”, but blessedness is happiness on a higher plane than providential benefits, it is felicity plus serenity plus assurance of well-being.

 

A benefit: if we receive intelligently divine insertion and do not neglect to apply its implications to our lives we shall be wise. This means that we shall fit in with God’s life- style, conduct our affairs with discretion and enjoy safe ways.

 

A boon: To wait at the gate of wisdom is to possess avidity for her instructions, alertness to her indications, and adroitness in imbibing her spirit. When our hearts are all agog to learn of God our life takes on a fuller meaning, a satisfying aspect. We do not lily exist, We live abundantly;

 

A benediction: To discover wisdom is to discover life: without wisdom life is vacuous, venal and vain. Of an existent void of wisdom to words of Ecclesiastes are true; “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity” – Ecclesiastes 1:2. Daily grace favours those who walk with God; His smile is ever upon those who walk humbly with Him.

 

A bane: All sin is against God. As the man who turns his back to the full walks in his own shadow, too those who turn against God live in a darkness created by their own folly. A literal translation is, ”He that misseth Me”. Failing to do God’s will is to miss His presence.

 

PRAYER:

 

Keep my steps in the way of wisdom, that l may live to Thee, O Lord.

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