“My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you. Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man. 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.”
Proverbs 3:1-6 NKJV
I am at the age when I am looking back often. I have many more years behind me, than before, and I am in a perpretual mood of reflection. I look back at my life, of that life before Jesus, and I am saddened by all the time and energy I wasted.
I tried to do things my way, by my rules. When I look back, I find little remembrance of joy, little real, lasting good, and nothing truly remarkable that I can bring to mind. It was a life spent following my own understanding, and not that of God, who I did not know.
This morning I encountered one of my life verses, Proverbs 3:5-6, and I was flooded with all the memories, that have brought those verses into the forefront of my mind time and time again.
I have a past filled with challenges, with unfulfilled promises, and dismal failures, yet I have also seen a faithful God who demonstrated His will and love, even in the difficult times. There have been those moments, when I could not see His purposes through the pain, but was able to see that path, that direction that He was forging through in my life.
God has the advantage of seeing the end from the beginning. I can only see what is directly in front of me. He knows the peril that awaits, I am glad that I cannot.
I am thankful that I have His word, the bible. It is the written record of what He has done, of His faithfulness, of His promises to me in my life as I face the unknown. I am reminded that He is constant, that Jesus is ahead of all that I have endured. He was there in my darkest hours, He is here in the isolation of the present, and He will be there when I take my last breath.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Hebrews 13:8 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, I urge you to open up your Scriptures and spend as much time in them as you can. The evil one is the god of this world, and if you are spending most of your time consuming media in ths world, you will lose sight of God, and what He has done.
We are in urgent times, when the devil is attacking all the structures of the world and gradually establishing his infrastructure. We are seeing the creation of the world system, that predates that of the coming one of lawlessness. Come out of her my people.
The coming days are going to be truly perilous, and we cannot afford to fall back into our reflex actions in response to the times. We are flesh, not spirit, and we may find ourselves falling, impulsively, into the trap of the evil one. If ever there was a time for not leaning on our own understanding, it is now.
The adversaries will be many, but we must not lose sight of the reality that there is an evil power behind them. We must also remember that those who oppose us are sinners, bound for hell, and in need of salvation.
The devil is using them as “human shields”, as hostages, and our efforts to strike at the evil that he brings only causes further spiritual carnage to those that Jesus came to save. Let us soak up the word of God, and apply all the armor afforded to us.
“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—”
Ephesians 6:14-18 NKJV
Our own understanding says “fight”, God says pray. Our own understanding says “make enemies”, God says love. Our own understanding says “lock and load”, God says give our bodies to be burned.
Jesus set the example of His ways for us, in that He went to the cross and paid for our sins, the penal substitution for us as we are ones who should have been punished. He paid for the sins of those who mocked Him, for those who spat on Him and for those who cried “Crucify Him.”
He could have called ten thousand angels, or He could have whispered all creation out of existence. Instead, He showed the most amazing love and willingly laid on the cross and submitted to the most gruesome death imaginable.
“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.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV