Passage of the Day: Psalm 111: 10 … The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow His precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.
My Journal for Today: Besides today’s passage from the Psalms, as well as those from Solomon [Prov. 1: 7 and 9: 10], which declare that one’s reverence of God is the beginning of all true wisdom, we see that the Psalmist [author unknown of PS. 111] also declares that those who follow God’s precepts develop a good understanding of life. There are a number of verses in God’s word which also declare this truth. Let me document a few of them here [all NIV]
Job 28: 28 - And [God] said to man, 'The fear of the Lord—that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.'
Prov. 8: 13 - To fear the LORD is to hate evil; …
John 14: 15 – [Jesus] “If you love me, you will obey what I command.“
1st John 2: 3 – We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands.
James 3: 13 - Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.
Maybe you’re getting the picture. Any time God’s word paints a picture repetitively by several authors, I know that I need to pay attention. If we, as Christians, truly believe the truth of 2nd Timothy 3: 16 – 17, which states clearly that God’s Word (The Bible) is the very mind of God, which He has provided for our instruction and our living, then these passages above are very clear that obedience to God’s word characterizes the life of one who loves the Lord and desires to know and follow His way [in other words one who has a “fear of the Lord”].
As John MacArthur puts it in His Strength for Today devotional for this date: “Saving faith is obedient faith. … Obeying the Lord’s commandments and shunning evil are dynamics that work in the soul of one who truly fears God.”
Therefore, it’s time to stop and reflect; and … well, I think you know what we must ask and then what we must do!
My Prayer Today: All I want to do, Lord, is to live in the center of Your will. Amen