Can anybody sympathize with me in this scenario?
It's a happy day and you wake up feeling great - the birds are singing and the sun is shining. You lay in bed contemplating the many wonderful things you can do when ... it hits you. Life comes and grabs you by the throat with a death grip. A thousand thoughts and questions swirl through your mind in a matter of 3 milliseconds.
Should I go to college?
What should I do in college?
What if I don't want to go to college?
What should I do for a living?
What are my future plans?
How should I manage my time?
Ah! You forgot to call that car seller! What if it's sold already?
Should I start looking for a better job?
Am I doing this whole Life-thing right?!?
Somebody please raise their hand with me. *raises hand*
Insecurity is a common struggle for many people. And for most, it can be linked with fear. The unknown can be a scary place.
Whenever insecurity raises its ugly head, along with the overwhelming amount of decisions as its weapon, it can get really easy to start beating yourself up about everything and feel like a total failure. This life is way to much for us to handle on our own!
That's why it is so important to turn to the One who is outside of the present, and knows the future. And there is one thing that can help us more than any other - Something that is so valuable, it deserves the acute attention of every Christian.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge,”
Here is where our journey begins. Without a fear of the Lord there is no desire to pursue
His will. Our lives should be filled, centered, saturated, guided, and molded by God. But this
isn’t the same fear that we get when we watch a frightening movie. This is a fear of His supreme
power compared to our insignificance. Our finite lives compared to His Omnipotence; Our broken
love for His ultimate Sacrifice. Without God, our lives are nothing. This should be our fear.
“And knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
The next clue is Knowledge. Our fear of the Lord should prompt us to know His will,
which can be found in the Bible, and keep it in our hearts; although it is possible for someone to
have the facts, but not know what they mean or what to do next. (otherwise known as head
knowledge.) This leads to the next clue:
Then you will understand what is right and just and fair-- every good path.
Understanding is a lens which brings our Knowledge into crisp focus and produces
principles. Like any classroom setting, you can know what the teacher is saying, but not
understand. It’s accepting what we learn as Truth. This is especially hard when it comes to the
bible and oftentimes, understanding doesn’t come until later. Occasionally God calls us to action
before we understand the reasons. Sometimes He calls for Faith before Facts.
Once all these clues fall into place, we get the key to living succesfully. When you fear the
Lord, seek His will, (understanding is more of a lucky bonus) than you get the prize.
How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!
Wisdom is when you put the Knowledge that’s in your head into your actions. It’s living
in the Spirit instead of the flesh. Knowing God’s will and putting it into action produces
The Hebrew translation of the word Wisdom is 'The ability to live life skillfully.' God
desires what is best for our lives. He wants to see our lives used to the fullest. But that can’t be
done outside of His plan. When we are in tune with His desires, and put them into action, than
we shall live a life that is truly skillful and we will be satisfied to hear God one day say, “Well
done, good and faithful servant.”
So when those big decisions come hammering against your door, you can politely invite them in for tea because your God has all the games for the party figured out.
Have you ever had a time when you were overwhelmed with Life and God helped you through it? Feel free to share in the comments!