Due North, in tune, a metal detector, and the Word of God–what do they have in common? They give us truth.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom [it makes us listen], and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding [He reveals it to us].
- When using a compass, true North is always stationary. As we turn to the right or to the left, we orient ourselves by it.
- When tuning my guitar, I use an app that shows me when each string is in tune. It shows me how far from “in tune” I am and turns green when I reach “in tune.”
- A metal detector ticks louder and faster the closer we come to a metallic object. If wisdom is that object, then the closer we come to it, the louder our “metal detector” (wisdom) ticks.
- The Word of God reveals to us truth and righteousness. We then live our lives by that truth and righteousness. We cannot do it ourselves; we depend upon the Holy Spirit for guidance. “You hold me by my right hand, and You guide me with Your counsel.” Psalm 73 23b-24a
Ours is a simple faith, much like a child’s faith, but that is exactly how Jesus told us to be (Luke 18:17). We are designed to receive one command at a time as He leads us. When we follow Him, the worries of this life fade away and we can focus on His face–His countenance cascades down upon us as we behold His beauty and the wonder of His great love and majesty!!! WOW!
Here is Jesus’ command for us today:
So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things. Your heavenly Father knows all your needs [it’s hard to trust Him if we don’t know Him very well], and He will give you all you need from day to day if you live for Him and make the kingdom of God your primary concern. So, don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:31-34
Concerning worry (from Robin’s notes): Worry is a result of envisioning the future without God; worry only wrecks right now: it sucks the joy out of the present. Worry says that something else is more important than God in our lives, which equals idolatry.
We can do this. He has made it simple on purpose.
Abba, may I take my own advice and simply gaze upon Your beauty and majesty. I KNOW that I will receive Your love, peace, joy, mercy and grace as I stand in Your presence and enjoy Your company. Lead me, LORD. I am Your little child. Amen.