My sense of direction is non-existent. I’m certain I was born without that part of a brain!
Too many times I’ve arrived home in tears, having got lost while driving, stopping over and again to ask directions. I can even walk out of a shop on a high street, then realise I’m walking past the same shops as I’d turned the wrong way!
How I’d longed for my husbands sense of direction. He can go to a place once and return as if he’s lived there all his life. In New York he knew his way around within hours.
So when for the first time, Satellite Navigation (Satnav) was placed in my car, it was like having an angel in the car!! I could not get over that I had suddenly inherited the same sense of direction as my hubby! Whereas before, I could hardly go anywhere alone.
Now I had guidance! A sweet angel-like voice telling me when to turn left, when to turn right, and even when I’d arrived at my destination! How I love Satnav!
It got me thinking about ‘spiritual guidance’
Wouldn’t we all like ‘instant guidance‘ in the spiritual!? I think it could be a top desire of a Christian: to know exactly which way to turn in a dilemma or whenever feeling a bit ‘lost’.
But God designed a SATNAV long before man did! It’s called a brain.
I do not like making mistakes, and I’m not very good at getting over it when having made one. So I make certain never to repeat the same mistake, and especially on seeing that it is ‘fools’ who repeat the same mistake never learning by them! (Proverbs 26:11).
But we will always make mistakes, or we would stay in perpetual childhood. As a child grows into adulthood, a parent cannot prevent them from making their own mistakes. It would be bad for them never to learn by them. And its the same with the Lord. Some mistakes are necessary to teach valuable lessons – if we learn from them that is!
We can still pray for guidance even with our God-given ‘Satnav’. But there are simple decisions that a ‘spiritually mature Christian’ should be able to make on their own, with their God-given brain.
But Job mentions another way. It’s called WISDOM!
And wisdom is something I’m always seeking God for, as it would be so helpful with serious decision-making. But also… I long to be ‘wise’.
“If any lacks wisdom, ask God, who gives generously” (James 1:5).
“Where can wisdom be found?
No mortal comprehends its worth.
The deep says, “It is not in me”;
The sea says, “It is not with me.”
It cannot be bought with the finest gold,
The price of wisdom is beyond rubies.
Where then does wisdom come from?
And he said to the human race…
‘The FEAR of the Lord – that is wisdom’
The ‘fear of the Lord‘ accepts that God has the last say on everything, and at times without explanation if He so chooses.
The ‘fear of the Lord’ should make us consider an action.
The ‘fear of the Lord’ should stop us altering God’s word to a preference.
The ‘fear of the Lord’ realises that we are His servants, and not He ours!
It seems very ‘wise’ to fear the Lord.
“Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme” (Proverbs 4:6,7).
The ‘fear of the Lord’ is aware, that God is sovereign, “Our God is in the heavens and does as He pleases” (Psalm 115:3).
If ever there is an example that God is sovereign it is seen with Job. It was a lesson that blameless Job learned. In the end he had to admit, and told his unsympathetic and accusing friends – that he hadn’t done anything wrong to deserve his trial; and that God hadn’t just ‘allowed‘ it, but that God had done it!
“Understand that it is God who has wronged me and drawn His net around me. (Job 19:6).
That is the ‘fear of the Lord’ and ‘wisdom’ all in one sentence!
God bless you.
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