More so than in several years I have been watching national television news. It began with the Republican and Democratic national Conventions. I tuned in to parts of each of these because I wanted to see what each of the presidential candidates had to say and I wanted to see how they would say it. This then continued with my occasionally watching the national news, which is a new thing for me.
- On top of the political season, which is upon us,
- We are in the midst of many very important decisions here at the church.
- I leave Thursday to move my mother to Alton.
- I’m finishing up building my wife a new kitchen/dining room.
- And my son-in-law just enlisted in the Marine Corp.
It strikes me that perhaps I am in a season of life where I could use a little extra wisdom!
Have you ever felt that way? It feels to me that right now, every day offers the awesome potential to make a real difference in the lives of people, but only if I choose wisely. I have prayed for years that the Lord would use me to change the world and I’m beginning to see that come to pass, but I didn’t realize when I prayed that with the possibility of great success comes the possibility for great failure and many of the decisions are simply more than my intellect can handle.
Therefore, my new daily routine includes the second chapter of Proverbs.
Read along with me…
Proverbs 2 (NIV84)
1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, 3 and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, 8 for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. 9 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. 11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. 12 Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, 13 who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways, 14 who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil, 15 whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways. 16 It will save you also from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words, 17 who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God. 18 For her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead. 19 None who go to her return or attain the paths of life. 20 Thus you will walk in the ways of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous. 21 For the upright will live in the land, and the blameless will remain in it; 22 but the wicked will be cut off from the land, and the unfaithful will be torn from it.
I especially love a couple of verses.
Verse 5 “then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”
Verses 7 & 8 “He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.”
Nothing could be more valuable than “the knowledge of God”, and what could be a better insurer of success than God guarding your course and protecting you as one of his faithful ones?
In these days of great decisions I for one am going to lean as fully as ever before on the Word of God and the Holy Spirit for guidance. I know that I am insufficient for the tasks before me, but with equal confidence I know that he is more than enough.
Proverbs 3: 5 says
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 paths straight. (NIV84)
Today I am trusting that this will be my greatest determinate of success!