Tuesday, March 7th, 2017
Matthew 16 (Part 12)
The Source Of Wisdom And Knowledge
'But who do you say that I am?' Simon Peter answered, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.' And Jesus said to him, 'Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven.
Matthew 16:15-17 (NASB)
He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding. It is He Who reveals the profound and hidden things.
Daniel 2:21-22 (NASB)
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.
Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV)
God placed a big news scoop in Peter's head.* With wisdom coming only from above, with knowledge of earth's most wonderful Truth: Jesus is not just another prophet or the reemergence of a prophet. He is Israel's long-awaited Christ:
'The Witness, the Leader, the Commander; the Redeemer, the Sun of Righteousness; the Captain of the Host of the Lord and the Messenger of the Covenant...' **
But remember: Jesus made a big point when He told Peter to credit the Source. This news didn't come from Peter's brilliance as an investigative reporter. The revelation of Jesus as Christ came from earth's original Author: God.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Because you are so richly gifted with talent in the performing arts, as well as intellect and insight, you face a substantial temptation: immodesty in your attributes. Christ's qualifying Words to Peter, reminding him of each gifting's Source, must remain in the front of your minds.
'Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, Who does not change like shifting shadows' (James 1:17).
Wisdom and knowledge are gifts from God, as much as your artistic talents. Therein, redirect all accolades to the Lord Who has entrusted you with their glorious development. Never let Satan make you believe in the hype of your own perception.
To Be Continued...
* Short, Scripture-rich article: All Knowledge and Wisdom Comes Direct From God, http://www.bible-knowledge.com/all-knowledge-and-wisdom-comes-direct-from-god/
** Names, Titles and Characters of Jesus Christ (I love this list!): https://www.blueletterbible.org/study/parallel/paral19.cfm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Matthew 16 series.