As a young adult, nothing exasperated me more than to find out at the end of a challenging task or situation that didn’t go well, to realize that what momma said to do in the first place was the right way. She had an uncanny way of being right. She wasn’t perfect but she tried to be for the sake of her family. I seemed to be consistently compelled to try my own way because she also taught me to be independent, or maybe that is just in my created by God mix of genes. Mom didn’t have to say, “I told you so…” when things didn’t go well because I could feel the aura and see the look that explicitly said it all.
Before doing anything significant today, I can still hear Mom’s words of advice. “Have you thought about…” because that was the way she would begin her advice. Mom raised me with “warning labels”. (Smiling) I learned, years later, that her wisdom came from doing it wrong herself until she, too, learned to do things God’s Way. Experience is a great teacher when we learn from our mistakes.
God also has warning labels for us to consider as we live Life to the full in His ways. His Word is full of “Have you thought this through and considered My way?” However God is driven by thoughts greater than ours. God’s Ways are driven by extreme, unconditional love. His Way is always right and good for us because of this relentless love. God is perfect, so His ways are perfect. We are not perfect. We are not expected to be perfect. So, God, in His love for us, gave us The Way to be perfectly forgiven.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
God knows we don’t have the ability to think or behave exactly like He does so He gives us His Word to refer to and be fed from daily…like manna from heaven. God spoke through the prophet Isaiah and said,
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
Yes, He is God…and we are not. God’s ways are perfect, so why not trust Him and cry out (pray) for HIS wisdom (skills for living life in His ways), insight and understanding before doing anything? Why? The Psalmist tells us exactly why;
“You ARE right and you DO right, God; Your decisions are right on target.”
We live life well when we follow God’s perfect ways as closely as our imperfect lives can. We live well knowing God wants what is best for us. He made us. He is with us. He loves us more than anyone on earth has the ability to love. He protects us. He nourishes us. He provides what He knows we need when we need it. All this and more, because God knows us better than we know ourselves, He created us.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Psalm 139:13-16, NIV
Why trust anyone else? God is always perfectly right!
Worship and Wisdom, Psalms and Proverbs
Part 18, Psalm 119, The Message
137-144 You are right and you do right, God;
your decisions are right on target.
You rightly instruct us in how to live
ever faithful to you.
My rivals nearly did me in,
they persistently ignored your commandments.
Your promise has been tested through and through,
and I, your servant, love it dearly.
I’m too young to be important,
but I don’t forget what you tell me.
Your righteousness is eternally right,
your revelation is the only truth.
Even though troubles came down on me hard,
your commands always gave me delight.
The way you tell me to live is always right;
help me understand it so I can live to the fullest.
TRUTH: The way God tells us to live is ALWAYS right. Always.
Proverb 3:5-8, NIV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.[a]
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
WISDOM: Trust God with all that is in you. Submit and surrender to God.
It’s hard for us to give up our independence for dependency on You but we find that your way is always the right way. Your love is always to way to real, abundant living. Thank you for your grace and mercy, lessons learned, with more growing and maturing to do until we meet you face to face. You are such a loving and caring Father. Thank you for bending down to listen to our prayers for your wisdom, insight and understanding for living this life here until we get there. Thank you for your perfect forgiveness for our imperfect lives.
In Jesus Name, Amen