Psalm 111:10 (ESV) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!
It’s the little things. To someone who struggles with everything, this may be somewhat annoying. The need for control of all things often causes us in our busyness to be distracted from the importance of the little things in life. Yesterday, I was shopping for golden egg prizes for the church egg hunt. I was agonizing over everything that needed to be completed before welcoming our community to our campus. In the midst of mental overload, I came across a little bubble machine that promised to release a gazillion iridescent bubbles to delight little ones. I bought two. One for the church and one for my grandson. After unloading the car with my mind lost on all the details of Easter week, I walked past the prize at least a dozen times with the little guy at my feet. Something inside of me stopped like heavy braking. I was missing something vitally important in all my rushing around. So that very moment, I realized all my other responsibilities could wait, his mom and I tore apart the package, installed some batteries, and went on the front porch. The little toy did not disappoint. He was immersed in a barrage of bubbles trying to eat them, chasing them and catching them in chubby little hands. Soon everyone was on the porch watching little man play. He moved quickly into the yard to run through freshly cut grass loving how it felt on his bare little feet. Life didn’t stop in those precious moment but I believe were actually lived to the fullest.
Life is busy. Society will fill our plate to the max with worthless things. The enemy uses this tactic to keep us from enjoying the life given to us by the Father and stepping into the new life Christ died for us to have. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Wisdom takes knowledge and makes it useful. All who practice wisdom have good understanding. Mistakes are not failures when it births wisdom in us. In order to experience the peace that silences busyness in our life, one must learn to lean on, put faith in and totally trust the Father with every single detail especially those that seem small and insignificant.
Psalm 37:23-24 (ESV) The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.
The boldness of our faith is often challenged by the ridiculousness of it. The world cannot logically explain miracles or the productivity of faith so it seeks to silence the foolishness and audacity of it. We are living, breathing, walking and talking miracles. The measure of faith within us coupled with the Power of God in His Son Christ who resides in us makes nothing impossible…if only one believes. Do you believe today? The Lord has ordered every single step you take. He has established them with wisdom. Yes, godly wisdom paved out a path for you so that no matter how far you wander or fall that His Grace is enough to catch you and put your feet on solid ground. He does not withhold any good thing from His Children. He waits to open the windows of Heaven and let His Blessing pour out in our life. Yet, it is us who struggle to find peace with God and allow faith to be planted in each step. Every decision I make has faith potential. Every word I speak can be powerful. It in the smallest of details that dramatic change takes place in the life of a believer.
Galatians 5:25 (ESV) If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
According to Luke 16:10, those who are faithful in the very little things will be considered faithful with much. In other words, if the basics of life challenge our faith – we must become deliberate in planting more faith. Faith should not be reserved for those things deemed beyond our control but sown in every step taken in the course of a day. The constant seeding of faith in our life produces the kinds of things longed for beginning with love, joy and peace that form the foundation for contentment which is a game changer for the overwrought, overburdened and close to giving up Christian. We live by the Spirit of Jesus Christ given to us. However, it requires a decision and discipline to keep in step with the Holy Spirit.
God is wisdom. He has established the earth and its inhabitants with perfect intellect that is beyond human comprehension but completely revealed by His Spirit. The Spirit is with us always. He lives in the willing heart. He will guide the surrendered heart. The key is to allow the Lord to guide each and every step taken without any deviation. It is to observe life through the Eyes of God with our focus intent on Jesus Christ so that every aspect of our existence is completely overshadowed by the wisdom of God given to us by the investment of our faith and trust in Him. You have everything you need to live a rich and satisfying life. You have been given every spiritual blessing that exists. Nothing is impossible for those who believe. It starts breath by breath – breathing in the Spirit of God and releasing all the worldly expectations and responsibilities in the reaching Hands of Christ. To allow His Spirit to show us the smallest beginnings and tiniest victories so they do not go unnoticed but celebrated with praise and thanksgiving. To step out into the water rather than clinging to the boat with prideful excuses. God has promised good things to us. He also has promised to never leave us or forsake us. What if the better life longed for is not elusive but rather right before us overshadowed by ignorance? The smallest step toward Jesus is by far the most radical step of faith.
Romans 8:28 (ESV) And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.