A Word to the Wise! by Steve Wagers

A Word to the Wise!
Steve N. Wagers
Isaiah 55:6

Sermon Outline
1. A Word of Comfort by Meeting God!
A. The Invitation to a Longing Heart!
B. The Intention of a Looking Heart!
2. A Word of Caution about Missing God!
A. A Possibility We Must Fear!
B. An Opportunity We Must Face!
3. A Word of Consolation from Minding God!
A. How Man Must Respond to God!
B. What Man Will Receive from God!

1. An ancient proverb says:
"He that knows not and knows not that he knows not;
He is a fool, shun him.
He that knows not and knows that he knows not;
He is simple, teach him.
He that knows and knows not that he knows;
He is asleep, awake him.
He that knows and knows that he knows;
He is a wise man, follow him."

2. Someone has said that "we should count a day lost in which we do not learn some new thing." Benjamin Franklin stressed the importance of wisdom when he said:
"If a man empties his purse in his head, no man can take it away from him."

3. Alexander Pope sounded a somber note when he said:
"Some people never learn anything because they understand everything too soon."

4. Max Born died in 1970. A close friend of Albert Einstein, and a colleague of Max Planck and Otto Hahn, the nuclear physicists, he was one of the great minds of the 20th century. In an interview on German television before his death, Max Born commented:
"I'd be happier if we had scientists with less brains and more wisdom."

5. In the text before us, Isaiah 55: 6, we find a word to the wise. It is a word of comfort, a word of caution and a word of compassion to all those who will, with wisdom, give an hear to ear.

6. I think of an angel who appeared at a faculty meeting and told the dean that in return for
his unselfish and exemplary behavior, the Lord would reward him with his choice of infinite wealth, wisdom or beauty. Without hesitating, the dean selected infinite wisdom. The angel shouted, "Done!" Then, he disappeared in a cloud of smoke and ...


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