Growing up in a university professor’s home, study, knowledge, learning, thinking, comprehending, observing, asking questions and discerning, or having wisdom was important. As a family we did not just go on vacations or trips, we went on learning adventures as we studied the geology of an area or observed human or animal behavior, or gained some insight from an insect that could be helpful to life. Even at home I learned about engines as I handed my dad tools while he worked on the car. I would ask questions and he would explain things…well most of the time, because as a little kid I could get real obnoxious asking too many questions without even waiting for an answer! But none-the-less, learning was not just important but vital. Like the time I was not too observant of my surroundings and got lost while out camping (that’s a whole other story). But my big brother found me because he is very observant and very smart! But I learned I need to know where I am and how to get back home.
Learning is a lifelong challenge and should be something we strive after all the days of our lives. It truly is fun to learn things like how plants grow. Not just how photosynthesis works, but how a succulent plant (those cactus type plants) can survive with very little water…it’s amazing!! Or how ants work as one to care for their nest (we saw trails of ants in the jungle in Ecuador as they cut leaves and carried them to their nest…it was incredible). Or how different people live their lives; their traditions, their customs, their stories…it is eye-opening and insightful.
As I was doing my daily devotions this morning I read of a unique way to be wise and knowledgeable in life.
Proverbs 9:10-12 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For through Me your days will be many, and years will be added to your life. If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you; if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.”
2 Peter 1:3 puts it this way:
2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
It’s a reverent respect of God where we acknowledge and respond to His sovereignty as Lord, Owner, and Master of our life.
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;
Psalm 33:8-11 Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.
Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
Revelation 4:11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being.”
That last passage in Revelation 4:11 is a prayer that we should not only proclaim but believe as we step under Jesus’ reign in our lives, or to make Him central as we yield to His purposes and His plans and His unique call on our lives. That’s where real wisdom is found. For as we seek Jesus first (see Matthew 6:33) it all clicks and we will live wisely because we are following God’s order of what He created! Now that is a statement you might want to chew on again.
As well, when we strive to know God we gain understanding, we will have the facilities, the insight, the discernment to live life the way God designed it be lived. This understanding is found in knowing who God is and what He is like. For example, when we gain the perspective that God knows everything about us…
Psalm 139:1-5 O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. You hem me in– behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.
This is not just a wish King David had about God, but the truth that God knows you. Read the whole Psalm and you will see that God knit you together inside your mom (so yes appreciate your mom this Sunday on Mother’s Day because God chose her to birth you!), and you are fearfully and wonderfully made! Knowing this should bring comfort and more that God is not some distant Deity but a personal God who desires a close relationship with you. Yes you…wow… that is more than amazing that the God of the universe cares about each of us. He cares about you! See it makes a difference knowing that fact.
Knowing this and other truths about God helps us in life. Being God knows us it makes sense to live in relationship with Him and that means following His way of life. See, we now have discernment on how to live. Oh, there is so much we could chat about that expands on this, so do that with God often; read His Word the Bible and study the words of Jesus. It is a unique way to be wise and knowledgeable for life.
Seeking to Fear God and Know God with you,