My sense of direction is absolutely non-existent. I’m sure 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 ones as I’d turned the wrong way!
How I’ve 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. Even 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 it. How I had suddenly inherited the same sense of direction as my hubby, whereas before, I could hardly go anywhere alone, having to rely on my husband.
Now I had guidance! The sweet angel-like voice was gently telling me when to turn left, when to turn right, and even told me when I had 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 whenever feeling ‘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 have to make certain never to repeat it, but especially on seeing that it is only ‘fools’ who keep repeating the same mistake never learning by it (Proverbs 26:11).
But we do have to make mistakes, or we would stay in perpetual childhood. When a child grows into adulthood, a parent cannot stop them from making their own mistakes. And its the same with the Lord. Some mistakes are necessary and teach us 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.
But Job mentions another way. It’s called WISDOM!
And wisdom is something I’ve been seeking God for, as it would be so helpful with serious decision-making. But also… how I long to be ‘wise’.
“Where can wisdom be found?
No mortal comprehends its worth.
It cannot be found in the land of the living.
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.
The topaz of Cush cannot compare with it;
Where then does wisdom come from?
And he said to the human race,
The FEAR of the Lord—that is wisdom”
(entire chapter Job 28)
The ‘fear of the Lord‘ accepts that He has the last say on everything and anything, and at times without any 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!
The ‘fear of the Lord‘ is aware that, above all God is sovereign, “Our God is in the heavens and does as He pleases” (Psalm 115:3). This was a lesson that blameless Job learned and in the end he had to admit 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).
It is 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).
“If any lacks wisdom, ask God, who gives generously” (James 1:5).
God bless. Christine.
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