Wisdom and Understanding; May 3, 2023

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.

Sometimes the world seems insane, with people insisting that biology is meaningless, good is evil and evil is good. This verse clues us in on where all of that comes from. When people start from a point of insisting that their opinions, their feelings, are ultimate, that there is no absolute truth, then the probability of their arriving at wisdom is essentially zero. They really can’t grasp what reality is. As this verse says, it is those who act in accordance with their accountability to their Creator who have good understanding. Those who start by rejecting God, whether they believe He exists or not, are really to be pitied because they are quite pathetic, but they can do a lot of damage in their foolishness. Rejecting God, they reject His love for them as well, and in the process reject the very meaning for their existence. This delights the devil, and is the reason why he attacks the family so strongly. If a person has no physical father in their life, or even if their father fails to discipline them and earn their respect, then they will have great difficulty relating to Father God. All the psychology I have studied, along with my personal experience, tells me that homosexual people do not have a right relationship with their father, and that applies to both men and women. Mothers may or may not be directly involved, but the father is key. If we don’t respect our father, we won’t respect Father God. Another point to remember here is that wisdom isn’t the same thing as intelligence. To take a point that is very much in the news today, “Artificial Intelligence” (AI) is being pursued by people who have high IQs, but perhaps little wisdom. They are effectively trying to create electronic gods, and in the process wipe out people and their reason for existence. Trying to create on their own, they are forgetting that they have a Creator, and leave Him out of their equations. The current situation requires great wisdom and patience on the part of those who seek God to be obedient to Him, but we’ve got to remember that nothing is impossible for Him, and He knows the end from the beginning.

I was gifted with a high IQ, so I know the temptation to descend into hubris. I am more than grateful that I not only received superb genetics, I was raised in a home that genuinely loved and served God. My parents weren’t perfect – no parent is – but they modeled devotion to and fellowship with God, and that was most important. Whe­ther I am wise isn’t for me to judge, but I do know that I seem to see a lot of things more clearly than many, and I’m not talking about my physical eyesight. I’ve got to be very careful of pride, but I am also to be grateful for the understanding I am given, so that I may exercise it in service to my Lord.

Father, thank You for this reminder. Help me live my life in right relationship to You, so that I may then be in right relationship to everything else, for Your pleasure and glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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