Psalm 51:6 NKJV – Decisions and choices will never end

Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

Decisions, decisions, decisions. More and more our lives are filled with decisions. We’re asked to make choices on just about everything, I am not afraid of decisions. They’re a necessary part of life. But some decisions we make have both a natural and spiritual consequence. Did you know that every decision we make has a consequence? It does. And our decisions don’t only affect just us, but often times affect others as well.

True wisdom may bring material reward but its value far exceeds earthly riches. To those who receive it, it opens a path to life and security and equips us for leadership and right conduct. There are many benefits to true wisdom. True wisdom is priceless. “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” (Psalm 4:7 NKJV) True wisdom leads to life. “The way of life winds upward for the wise, that he may turn away from hell below.” (Proverbs 15:24 NKJV) True wisdom brings prosperity. “Riches and honor are with me, enduring riches and righteousness.” (Proverbs 8:18 NKJV) And true wisdom gives us security. “But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil.” (Proverbs 1:33 NKJV)

God is the essence of truth and this quality should be reflected in the character of his children. Falsehood is condemned in Scripture, but truth is praised and advocated. God takes pleasure in truth and honesty, which are marks of an upright person. And truth originates from God. “Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your tabernacle.” (Psalm 43”3 NKJV) So true wisdom is the truth that is found in God. And fellowship and relationship with God is the starting point to receiving and understanding what is the truth.

When I’m having to make a decision or make a choice, I want to know that the basis of that decision or choice is grounded in absolute truth. I don’t want to take “my best shot” at it. I want to know details and I want to study the results of my decision or choice. Now, I don’t delve too deeply into study for the simple decisions and choices I make every day. Those decisions are given to common sense and my relationship with God. He guides my way. But the difficult or tough decisions and choices are given to God and what His Word says about it. I relinquish those decisions or choices to God and wait to hear from Him. And I start by prayer.

Prayer offers us a means of acknowledging the character and purposes of God and the opportunity to seek guidance concerning His will for us. The direction of prayer is always upward toward God and is in cooperation in response to God’s will and purpose. I desire to be where God is and to do God’s will so that His purpose is completed in me. “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will[a] ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” (John 15:7-8 NKJV)

Friend, truth comes from God and we can be assured that when we seek God for help with the decisions and choices we make, His truth will never fail us. The wise listen to instruction. “A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel”. (Proverbs 1:5 NKJV) Finding time each day to seek Godly wisdom in prayer and conversation with God is time well spent. God’s Word is a road map, laid out for us to follow. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105 KJV) Seeking God and following His Word is our best course of action when decisions and choices come. Remember, decisions and choices will never end. We’ll have to make them every day. Let’s choose wisely.

Dear God, thank You that You give us wisdom liberally. Thank You that we can come to You in prayer and conversation to seek Your will and way for our lives. Sometimes, God, we make the wrong choice. Sometimes our decision leads us into even more trouble. Forgive us, God, when we seek our own ways. Guide and direct us in Your will and help us stay on the path that You have given us to follow. May You be glorified in everything we do. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Psalm 112:1-4, 7 NIV – Whom shall we fear?

Praise the Lord!  Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments.  His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed.  Wealth and riches will be in His house, and His righteousness endures forever.  Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.  He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

Blessed is the man.  When the Lord says you are blessed, by golly you are blessed.  The fear of the Lord is not a scary thing but rather an attitude of the heart whereby we love Jesus so much for what He accomplished at Calvary for us that we honor and give reverent praise to Him as our eternal Savior.  This attitude of the heart remains with us and is demonstrated by how we think, how we act, and what we say.  We honor God in all things.  And as a result, the Lord promises to bless us.  He not only promises to bless us, but promises to bless our descendants.  Our children will be blessed.  Our children’s children will be blessed.

The fear of the Lord leads to a total covering over you.  In this scripture, darkness is a metaphor for troubled times.  Tough times come, but for those who fear the Lord, there  is an understanding that, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)  We can then stand strong in trouble and distress knowing that God will bring us through it.  Scripture tells us that, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.  To him belongs eternal praise.” (Psalm 111:10 NIV)  

We do not have to fear what lies ahead of us.  Sometimes thoughts rise up in our minds about what the future holds.  In Christ Jesus, we have Victory and knowledge that God is with us.  This scripture tells us that as we fear the Lord, we will not be afraid.  It says our hearts will remain steadfast as we trust in the Lord.  I’ve often quoted Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV), “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”  We must rely totally upon the Word of God and the promises that are revealed in it.  Acknowledging who God is demonstrates a mind that submits to the authority of God and one who knows Him.

The fear of the Lord leads us to understand that it is God who guides us to our final goal; to the finish line.  We are reminded, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-3 NKJV)

Friend, we can make it.  God is with us and He will direct our paths.  As we seek the Lord, and trust in the Lord, in the fear of the Lord, the New Year shall not frighten us.  “I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4 NKJV)  God will protect us and our children and they will be mighty on the earth; His wealth and riches will be in our house; and His righteousness will endure forever.  The prophet Jeremiah said this, “They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:8 NIV)  What a tremendous promise from God; a promise that we can carry with us in this New Year.  When we pray, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you into a greater understanding of the fear of the Lord.

Holy and gracious Lord.  Thank You that You cover us with Your love and protection.  Teach us Lord to fear You even more.  To encounter You in Holy reverence, coming to You humbly as we meet.  Lord to fear You means to love You, to honor You, and to praise You.  Thank You for Your saving sacrifice at Calvary.  Thank You that You died for all of us so that we could be with You forever in heaven.  Teach us Lord to trust in You more and more.  As we acknowledge You, Lord, direct our paths towards Your righteousness.  We delight in You Lord and give You praise.  In Jesus Name.  AMEN.

 Don’t believe me, believe God!