LETTER: Look to the Bible for truth, wisdom
To the Editor:
I find it interesting hearing the worldly wisdom and advice given during commencement addresses to graduates of schools funded by government. Little praise and glory goes to God, the source of all learning and truth.
If you are a young Christian in the audience, you may be confused and thinking, "I wonder what God would say for my commencement?" Turn to the Holy Bible for your answer. King Solomon, the wisest of all earthly men, spoke this proverb: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."
Read aloud Paul's epistle to the Philippians; hear your personal commencement address from God. Commit to your heart the valuable truths found in Philippians; they will forever serve to guide and refresh your soul and spirit.
Some familiar ones are:
1. He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
2. To live is Christ, and to die is gain.
3. Look out not only for your own interests, but also for the interests of others.
4. It is God who works in you both to will and to do for his good pleasure.
5. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
6. Rejoice in the Lord always!
7. In everything by prayer and supplication,with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8. I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.
9. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
10. My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
A beautiful thought is also there about our Lord's humility: "Let this attitude be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross" — Philippians 2:5-8.
Robert A. Watson