Before the day wastes away and before I lose the momentum and the apparent thinking power that follows a strenuous run, I would like to go ahead and just say what I keep on saying: That is, that the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, and His mercies never come to an end. I would like to remind myself, while I am in this high, that His mercies are new with every morning, and we get to enjoy fresh revelations and fresh love and mercy from God’s powerful throne of grace; It’s because of this that we say that His faithfulness is great, and His compassions, as the song goes, they fail not.
I thank God for His goodness, and for His greatness. I thank God because it was all demonstrated in and through His Son, no other than Jesus Christ. It’s only through Christ’s birth, death, resurrection and ascension that I could be so bold to say that God is good to me, and that God’s greatness is for me and not against me. It’s only through Christ’s finished work that I could say that I am never without the presence of the Almighty God in all that I do, and in all that I say; His everlasting love flows in and through me, and I am able to just overflow this said love towards anyone and everyone within my sphere of influence.
Sorry, I just had to go through all that. It’s… well, it’s just amazing. This Gospel, this Good News of Christ and His finished work – well, it’s been such a great power and a great peace in my life.
The preparations of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD.
A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.
The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the LORD.
Yesterday I remember we talked about how wisdom and knowledge are connected, in that the one who is wise does what he could to accumulate knowledge, in order to disperse it. As I was recalling that I also remembered how it is also said in Scripture that people perish due to lack of knowledge. We see here, therefore, how wisdom has its part in saving people – that is, that those who are wise have the natural propensity to save people from perishing, and it is not without the accumulation and dispersal of knowledge.
Obviously in our sharing of the knowledge, data and information we attain, we communicate – and in our communication, I’m pretty sure we use our tongue. I venture to think that when we say we use our tongue it is not necessarily limited to us using that muscle in our mouth; but rather, it’s also in the words we type (as in right here); we use our tongue when we write our words, just as much as we use our tongue when we actually speak.
Bear with me here, because I know that may sound so silly – but I only say this because our hearts are involved in writing, or typing, just as they are involved in our speaking. And with that said, the wisdom that we have that comes from the Lord would have our hearts wanting to disperse knowledge; Consequently, the absence of wisdom would have our hearts – or, I dare say, our entire beings – so myopic and short sighted that we would hoard any knowledge we would get, effectively mismanaging it.
Huh. Isn’t that a realization, right there – knowledge is made to be shared, and a part of wisdom is determining and realizing what everything was made for.
In the light of the aforementioned Scriptures, we see how we are able to make our preparations, and we are certainly able to plan. And even in the absence of time, and hence the lack of opportunity to both plan and prepare, we leave everything up to chance and roll the dice… We’re able to try as much as we could to direct all within our control, if only to increase the chances of things turning out according to our limited expectations, or we just throw caution to the wind.
We will not have all the questions anticipated, but we give thanks, because the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
We will not have all the projected issues covered to our satisfaction in a given situation, but we still give thanks, because the Lord directs our steps.
And in His infinite wisdom and His great power, together with His everlasting love, and His ironically overpowering gentleness, we give thanks, because even in those times that we throw our hands up in abandon, well, we are assured that somehow, the chips will always fall to the favor of the body of Christ… and, consequently, to our favor.
I say that we would still do good to prepare. It’s also still beneficial for us to make our plans, and to plan our way, but within the same proverb I believe we have wisdom that precedes our preparation:
Commit your work to the LORD,
and your plans will be established.
The faithfulness of the Lord is AS the Lord Himself – present before we ever even had the notion of faith in our minds; it is as His love – present and for us even before anything and everything we behold as creation was ever made. And as the fool proclaims that ‘there is no God’ (Psalm 14:1, 53:1), so I’m led to say that the opposite is true – that the wise considers the Truth of God’s existence, and all that it entails – including the Truth of our existence in God. I dare say that as wisdom acknowledges God, so wisdom acknowledges Christ, and, again, we would be wise to not only take in but celebrate all that Christ has done for us – which is reconciliation.
That’s right, reconciliation, which entails that our limited preparations are done within the presence of God and His unlimited power. Christ’s finished work has also guaranteed that our finite plans are made within the presence of an infinitely wise God.
You can skip through all that and forget all the drivel, because I think all I really want to say, through all these words and after the movements I’ve subjected myself to this wonderful morning, that you would be wise to trust in the Lord. It’s a reminder for myself – that in all that’s about to happen, and in all that’s happened, and in all that’s happening, Christ has made it possible, and He has guaranteed that we are never alone. Our great, glorious and loving God is with us through it all, and, again, we would be wise to live our lives with this Truth prevailing.
Forgive me. I know I could do better.
Until the next post coming within the day, God bless you.
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