Thursday, February 12, 2015

February 13, 2015

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." Proverbs 9:10

God calls you to wisdom and promises to give it to anyone who will ask Him for it.

Wisdom is a decision.

The condition of your life is the sum total of your decisions. If you want your future to be better than your past or your present you will have to begin making better decisions.

Once you ask the question, "In light of my past experience, my current circumstances and my future hopes and dreams what is the WISE thing for me to do?" Then, you must decide if you will act on the answer.

Asking the question will bring you from the edge of confusion to the edge of clarity. But then you have to act wisely.

Once you know the wise thing to do but choose NOT to do the wise thing, the Bible says you are a "fool".

King David chose wisdom and became the first great king of God's people. Here's what he wrote: "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise." Psalm 111:10

David's son, Solomon also faced the moment of choice when he was about to become the new king of Israel. God promised the young prince anything he wanted as he assumed the throne and Solomon asked for wisdom (very wise). We know how well that turned out!

Asking the question brings you to the edge of wisdom. Acting on it takes you across the line.

Kings choose wisdom. Fools don't.

What will you do?

Kings "fear the Lord" by giving Him reverence and submitting to His will.

Fools don't.

Will you "fear the Lord"?

February 12, 2015

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." Proverbs 9:10

I hope you have burned this question into you heart and mind because it is a question that answers just about everything. So, one more time for good measure let's review: "In light of my past experience, my current circumstances and my future hopes and dreams what is the wise thing for me to do."

Isn't that a great question? 

Doesn't it bring clarity to your decision? But it also only brings you to the edge of wisdom because wisdom requires a commitment to a course of action.

Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived except for Jesus, said that wisdom begins with a decision to fear God.

What I find interesting is the large number of people who don't profess to fearing God and have not submitted to Him, but they do submit to the laws of His universe every day!

If you catch a flight to Chicago, you are submitting to and leveraging God's laws in order to travel to your destination. All of the physics of flight are based on God's laws.

You plan your schedule according to the calendar. You have full confidence in the calendar because the earth spins on a consistent axis at a constant speed which makes time predictable. So, when you plan your schedule you are leveraging God's laws of time and space.

When you go to your Doctor for a check up he is able to measure your health because God designed you to have a heart that beats at a predictable rate and a body temperature that is the same for every healthy human.

These are but a few of many physical and natural laws God the Creator built into His creation that man  has learned to harness to make life safer, more secure, more comfortable, healthier and more productive.

In light of the fact you have depended on God's laws of nature to create a better life for your family what is the wise thing for you to do?

Solomon would say the wise thing for you to do is to submit yourself to God. It's especially wise in light of the fact you daily submit to his physical laws so why would you hesitate to submit to the God Who implemented it?