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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

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Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10
Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10
Mark 8:14-21

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“get wisdom” (prv 4:5)

“Do you still not understand?” —Mark 8:21

When I heard today’s Gospel ending with the above question, I had to respond, “No, Lord, I still do not understand.” Often we are lost in the flood of misunderstanding. Therefore, the Lord recommends that we rely not on our own understanding (Prv 3:5-6). God reminds us rather to rely daily on His mercy and His providence. This is life in the Holy Spirit, to follow the Spirit’s lead (Gal 5:25). We may not know the future, but we know Who holds the future.
We may not know everything, but we do know something, even if it’s just a little. We can know the Lord. We can at least understand that worldly knowledge inflates, but love upbuilds (1 Cor 8:1). We can know that we are to become like little children in the sight of God (Mt 19:13), relying on Him even if we do not fully understand. 
Let us spend a lifetime diligently seeking wisdom (Prv 2:4) and understanding.  But even more diligently, let us seek the Lord (Is 55:6), for Jesus is our Wisdom (1 Cor 1:30).

Prayer:  Father, open my heart to receive the spiritual gifts of knowledge, wisdom and understanding (Is 11:2).

Promise:  “The Lord is enthroned as King forever.” —Ps 29:10

Praise:  For over twenty years Thomas has prayed and studied the Scriptures.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.) (For a related teaching on Spiritual Blindness, order, listen to, or download our CD 65-1 or DVD 65 on our website.)

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