Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Daily Devotional September 30 - Experience Yields Results

"My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thy ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:1-6

If you read these verses carefully you will see that it is the voice of God that giveth wisdom to those who diligently seek Him. Seeking God is compared to digging for silver or mining for gems. It's not that it is easy work, but as you become more experienced in digging or mining you get more results from your work.

If you dig in the scriptures and seek the will of God, God will speak to you and impart of Himself to you, wisdom. When you are mining for gems it is hard work, but as soon as you see a glimpse of a topaz or garnet, emerald, ruby, sapphire or diamond it turns into fun. It's that way with most things. The beginning stages are difficult and there is a learning curve, but as you grow in knowledge about what you are seeking or doing, the work can turn into joy and then into pleasure. It might seem arduous to dig in the Word, to read and to absorb the truths from God, but the payoff is immeasurable and cannot be compared to anything.

Knowing God and understanding God's will for your life is so important. So many people are turned off by the thought that you dig for silver and mine for gems and give up time and sometimes money and what you get as a reward is to "understand the fear of the LORD." The word fear as translated from Hebrew is best understood in today's vernacular as: a deep, unspeakable awe and astonishment, a immeasurable veneration, admiration and reverence for God's unicity.

There really are no words to describe what it is to be in the hand's of Almighty God, but if there were, fear is just as good as any. If you are fear-a-phobic to this kind of relationship with God, it is not likely you will get past first base in your relationship with God. If you are wanting a god that is just like you and easily understood and easy to figure out and not very mysterious, not omniscient, not-omnipotent, not immutable, there are plenty of religious orders willing and able to help you out. But the God of the universe cannot be approached from such an, 'I'll have it my way or no way at all,' attitude.

You will come to God on God's terms or not at all. The interesting thing about the concept about fearing God is that once you get it, once you see the significance of why it has to be this way, the fear becomes a love relationship. God is gentle and speaks with a small still voice, goes about working on your behalf all the time, provides for all your needs, supplies ample adventure for your life, only gives you good things, gives you wisdom so you can operate more efficiently and with more success, protects you, inspires you, and God has already created a path for you that contains every component necessary for your joy and peace and success and so much more that there isn't enough paper to contain it all.

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