Wisdom and Wishes
Maybe not so much during the teenage years, but, as time goes on, life makes more sense. With each passing year, life’s lessons become more apparent. That’s not to say there aren’t challenges ahead, but experience usually gives birth to wisdom, or at least it should.
It’s human nature to second guess ourselves. That’s how different we are from God. Ever wonder if God sits around going, “Gee, I wish I’d done that differently.” I do, but that’s a whole ‘nother post. The point is, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t. That’s where faith comes in. The Bible defines the importance of faith in Proverbs:
Proverbs 3:1-9 1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. 3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your pathsstraight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. 8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. 9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;
There’s so much packed into that short passage that it boggles the mind.
“Keep my commandments…for they will prolong your life..and bring you prosperity”
God’s commandments are not for God – they’re for us. Like a parent speaking to a child, he’s giving us guidelines that steer us away from destruction.
“Let love and faithfulness never leave you…write them on..your heart”
Tragedy ensues when faith is lost. Faith tells us to keep going when logic tells us to quit.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”
The worst mistakes I’ve ever made is when I didn’t seek God’s council first.
“In all ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight”
Straightening out the path is in the doing, not the thinking. Acknowledge the Lord, praise him, and he will keep your path straight.
“This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones”
Faith holds both body and spirit together. Think not? Visit someone who has lost faith. It’s not just the soul that withers. The body soon follows.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth”
Isn’t it strange how the stock-market, a lottery ticket, or some get-rich-quick scheme seems a better place to put money than with God? I’m not talking about televangelists who fly around in jets. I’m talking about tithing to your local home Church. Doing God’s work requires funding. God only asks for 10%. Tithing requires faith that God will work in the lives of the congregation, the Church, and those who benefit from the money. With faith, taking a chance on God is a sure thing.
Faith goes against common sense, until you get older. Then, it makes more sense than anything else. Faith keeps us alive. Truly alive.
Here’s to cultivating faith today.