The Parent Race: The Best Goal - Day 4

Opening Prayer:

Lord, continue to guide us in your wisdom.   We open our hearts and minds to your word and thank you for your faithful provision.          

Read: Proverbs 3:18 (NIV)

“She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.”

 

Reflect:

I love the model of wisdom as a Tree of Life. We first find the Tree of Life located in Genesis 2:9. This tree is different than all the other trees in the garden, as it is singled out for its association with experiencing God and eternal life.  It’s not to be confused with the tree of knowledge of good and evil which Adam and Eve were NOT to eat of, but did.  After the fall, the Tree of Life was the tree God banned Adam and Eve from in Genesis 3:22-24. We also find the Tree of Life in Revelation 2:7, located in the midst of paradise for all to partake. It is noteworthy that we see this example in the beginning and the end of God’s word.

Apply:

It’s significant that Solomon used the Tree of Life to describe wisdom. As we see in Genesis, the purposes for this tree was for connection with God and maintaining life. The fact that wisdom is described in this way shows us that God wants us to experience his life-giving wisdom to sustain and guide us through our life journey. Solomon also counsels us to hold fast to wisdom.  To achieve this goal, we must strive and continue striving until we arrive in paradise and eat her fruit forever.

As we walk our life journey, don't overlook the value of godly wisdom. God planted the Tree of Life in Genesis and reveals it again in Revelation, showing an a-to-z goal he desires for us.  Man was also designed by God in the beginning as being very good and will be perfected in the end as we take on the “no spot or wrinkle” identity as the bride of Christ.  Allow the Lord to plant his tree of wisdom in your hearts so you can walk your life journey in peace and his good favor.

 

Closing Prayer:

Lord, it is our heart’s desire to obtain your wisdom.  Grant us this blessing and help us to hold fast to all we receive. 

Terry Schneider