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Why do you post?

Honest question. In light of Blake’s earlier post, it’s a valid and important question to ask. What is the driving reason behind our blogging or posting, especially if you are a semi-teacher or quasi-theologian here? What is our motivation?

“I count myself one of the number of those who write as they learn and learn as they write.”

Augustine

Do we post to show our knowledge, or do we post to learn? Do we post to receive acclaim? Do we post to receive attention? Do we post to glorify the Lord, or do we post to glorify ourselves? These sorts of questions strike my heart. I’ve lately deleted posts mid-typing because I fear my motivation. Only the Lord can wreck us of our self-glorification and self-exaltation.

As I typed this last night, the Lord was just striking me with conviction:  how important it is to dwell on the things of the Lord, to value him and his word above all else, to yield to his Spirit and allow him to direct us and bear fruit within us.

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
(Proverbs 11:2)

And further,

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

(Proverbs 18:2)

Read Henry’s commentary on Proverbs 18:2,

A fool may pretend to understanding, and to seek and intermeddle with the means of it, but, 1. He has no true delight in it; it is only to please his friends or save his credit; he does not love his book, nor his business, nor his Bible, nor his prayers; he would rather be playing the fool with his sports. Those who take no pleasure in learning or religion will make nothing to purpose of either. No progress is made in them if they are a task and a drudgery. 2. He has no good design in it, only that his heart may discover itself, that he may have something to make a show with, something wherewith to varnish his folly, that that may pass off the better, because he loves to hear himself talk.

Tough words exposited from the Scripture.

More words,

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
For by me 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 9:10-12)

Friends, we must check our motivation. We must view ourselves in light of God and his purposes and his glory—not our own vain-glory. It is the fear of the Lord that leads to proper wisdom, proper insight, a proper perspective on things that matter. Wise men bear their own folly; humble men are lifted up and cared for by the grace of God through faith in the cross.

What sort of wisdom ought to be pursued?

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

(James 3:13-18)

The characteristics of the wisdom that comes from God are thus:

  • Pure
  • Peaceable
  • Gentle
  • Open to reason
  • Full of mercy
  • Full of good fruits
  • Impartial
  • Sincere
Do we look like this?
But, oh, how our God supplies for us. He does not will that we remain helpless and trapped in sin and in pride.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
(James 1:5-6)

But compare that to this, which was above,

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
(Proverbs 11:2)

Q:  If God grants wisdom freely to those who ask, and if wisdom lies with the humble, who is that ask for wisdom from God?

A:  Only the humble ask God truly and purely and with full faith for wisdom.

We are blessed beyond measure that God enables us to live more and more fully according to his purposes and his plans.

Further words:

The knowledge of God leads us to fear Him and to love Him. For we cannot know Him as Lord and Father, as He shows Himself, without being dutiful children and obedient servants.”
(John Calvin, Commentary on 1 John)

Knowledge which is not personally applied will only light a man to hell!

(Thomas Watson)

May the Lord of all creation humble us under his mighty hand and more perfectly and more completely enable us for his purposes and his glory; may we each be joyful partakers of his glory.

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