1 For all this I considered (admit openly, make no bones about it; discover by examining evidence, determine with certainty) in my heart (feelings, will, intellect, understanding, wisdom) even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred by all that is before them.
The first word in this study is one of my favorites that we have studied in the past. This is the word that is used whenever we see ‘Thus saith the Lord’. As we pointed out in earlier studies this word is a definite declaration that something is. It means to avouch. Avouch is to admit openly and bluntly, it is to make no bones about it. It means to declare or assert with positiveness, to maintain, vindicate, or justify; to make good; answer for; establish; guarantee; substantiate, evidence; testimony; and/or an assurance. Its root is vouch which denotes a personal guarantee. A voucher is not only someone who gives the guarantee, but also an official piece of paper that you can use instead of money to buy a particular product or service. You can take it to the bank. It is sure.
It is the word that is translated ‘saith’ or in this case ‘consider’. This is not just a word of declaration, but one that means that the declaration is based on focused thought. People say a lot of things that don’t have substance to them. But when we read the first part of this verse we see clearly that the thought behind this declaration has a basis (foundation, grounds) to it. This declaration was determined by examining evidence, by taking time and making an effort to inquire about the subject before speaking. This declaration is made only after careful consideration. The opinion stated was mulled over and the truth of it was searched out before the author spoke it.
This is how we are to be living our lives. When we do take time to examine evidence before we answer a question, a statement, an offer, or an accusation, we will with God’s assistance get to the truth of a matter. We live in a time when communication happens quickly. People imply that they require immediate response to the words and actions played out in the theatre of our day. But we have control. There is no need to immediately respond to most words or actions that knock at our doors. If we have taken time and studied a subject or an aspect of life and have developed an informed stance, our response can be quicker than if we are ignorant in a subject. If we do not know, we need to examine before we open our mouths. And even when we do know and have a stance, we still have control over when we choose to respond or if we will (or will not) respond. Just because someone is saying something, doesn’t mean that we have an obligation to answer. It is always prudent to take the time to speak with God about the wisdom of answering any communication. Sometimes it serves us better to not say a word.
Good morning Father, thank you for increasing maturity….for an understanding that the more we know, the more there is to know. Knowledge, understanding and wisdom come in layers. These things are not poured on us as an avalanche that will bury us and make us ineffective. No! Layers upon layers of information brought to us by you. Some things we don’t understand why we need until years later when we are in the thick of a conversation or project where these pearls of wisdom are there for our use. There is no greater source of information, understanding of that information and the wisdom to use it properly than You, our God. Guide us in our search for truth, bring to us the people, circumstances and information needed to properly navigate the world. Show us those pieces of information brought to us for the benefit of others….and give us eyes to see where we can serve with this wisdom. In Jesus’ name we praise and thank you….Amen!
Definitions used in today’s study:
Considered - a primitive root; to say (used with great latitude) :- answer, appoint, avouch, bid, boast self, call, certify, challenge, charge, + (at the, give) command (-ment), commune, consider, declare, demand, × desire, determine, × expressly, × indeed, × intend, name, × plainly, promise, publish, report, require, say, speak (against, of), × still, × suppose, talk, tell, term, × that is, × think, use [speech], utter, × verily, × yet.
Heart - a form of <H3824> (lebab); the heart; also used (figurative) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything :- + care for, comfortably, consent, × considered, courag [-eous], friend [-ly], ([broken-], [hard-], [merry-], [stiff-], [stout-], double) heart ([-ed]), × heed, × I, kindly, midst, mind (-ed), × regard ([-ed]), × themselves, × unawares, understanding, × well, willingly, wisdom; from <H3823> (labab); the heart (as the most interior organ); used also like <H3820> (leb) :- + bethink themselves, breast, comfortably, courage, ([faint], [tender-] heart [-ed]), midst, mind, × unawares, understanding; a primitive root; properly to be enclosed (as if with fat); by implication (as denominative from <H3824> (lebab)) to unheart, i.e. (in a good sense) transport (with love), or (in a bad sense) stultify; also (as denominative from <H3834> (labiybah)) to make cakes :- make cakes, ravish, be wise.
Declare - a primitive root; to bore, i.e. (figurative) examine :- declare.