Decisions from the Lord

Proverbs 16:33: “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.”

 

A simple verse from Proverbs, simply stating that though lots are cast by man, the outcome is determined by the Lord. Do not take this as an encouragement to gamble or take risky decisions, but rather as an assurance that the Lord has an eye on everything that happens under the sun. Nothing happens or does not happen outside his will.

 

Even in the Old Testament, it is stated that lots were cast before the Lord, to seek His wisdom and guidance when making decisions. Joshua 18:8-10 “So the men arose and went, and Joshua charged those who went to write the description of the land, saying, “Go up and down in the land and write a description and return to me. And I will cast lots for you here before the LORD in Shiloh.” So the men went and passed up and down in the land and wrote in a book a description of it by towns in seven divisions. Then they came to Joshua to the camp at Shiloh, and Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before the LORD. And there Joshua apportioned the land to the people of Israel, to each his portion.

 

Take heart in God’s wisdom and plans for us, and turn to Him, whenever you feel uncertain or lost. Seek His wisdom and guidance, and it will be given.

 

Fear and Wisdom

 

Proverbs 1:7 ESV “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”. 

Knowledge and wisdom are often understood as words with different meanings, but in this verse, they speak of the same thing; understanding of our place and role in creation under our loving God.

At the same time, there is a difference between the earthly and the biblical pursuit of knowledge and wisdom. While the world often upholds knowledge and wisdom as a means for one to wield power over another, we understand that fear and submission to the Lord is foundational to the attainment of real understanding. Proverbs 9:10 states “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”.

In your pursuit of wisdom and knowledge, have you remembered to first fear the Lord and understand our role in creation under him? Or are you the fool, looking for knowledge for the sake of power and ignoring the Lord’s commands.

Above all else, Guard your heart

 

This week, we are showcasing a devotional clip from Cru Singapore, narrated by the National Director Lam Kok Hiang who is also on the Board of Directors at East Asia School of Theology. He reminds us to, “Above all else, guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life” (Proverbs 4:23). View his short devotional on video below or click here.

#SaturdayGoodClip this week is about Heart Renovation which can be messy and inconvenient. Clutter like distractions in life can choke our hearts. Take time this weekend to remove clutter, rest, reflect on everything excellent, praiseworthy and noble (Philippians 4:8), and renovate your heart.

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China’s favourite bible

The Chinese Union Version (CUV) Bible which was first published on 22 April 1919, over 101 years ago remains China’s favourite Bible. In today’s #SaturdayGoodRead article which is authored by an EAST Alumna Cynthia Oh (MDiv in Intercultural Studies, 2016), the importance of this version of the Bible and the hard work by many which brought about its completion is illuminated.

Here is a brief extract from the article,

Spanning three decades, it survived major political events such as the Boxer Rebellion, collapse of the Chinese empire and World War I.

The CUV version contributed remarkably to the tremendous growth of the Chinese Church

The translation work involved 16 missionary Bible translators of different nationalities, denominations and mission societies, an even higher number of Chinese translators and assistants, and the crucial support of the Bible Societies.

The rest of the article can be found here.

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Integrity will be Tested and Rewarded

Photo by Casey Horner. Design by Jonathan Yao.

The integrity of the upright guides them,
    but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. ~ Proverbs 11:3 (NIV)

“If you want to influence others, the most important thing you can do is be a living example of the principles, ideals, and faith that you advocate.” ~ Nick Vujicic

In Old Testament Hebrew, “integrity” means in a state of completeness, perfection, soundness, uprightness, and wholeness without blemish. Similarly, in New Testament Greek, it means honesty and having a habit of good works.

“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” ~ Proverbs 4:25-27 (NIV)

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” ~ Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

#Integrity #EASTLifestyle #EASTUnited #SGUnited

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