Tune in

grace“Lean in and Listen” – my posture for 2014. Easier blogged than done I’d say.

For the past eight weeks I’ve been asking the Lord for guidance. I have a decision I need to make by January 15th. I really want to hear the Lord’s answer. So, I’ve prayed, I’ve sought counsel from friends, I’ve bored Bob with the subject, and I’ve vacillated back and forth 1000 times.

Agreed. It’s a lot easier to google it and wade through literally one million options than to open up the bible – why is that?

In this crazy age of a gazillion gigabytes of opinion there’s only one place to find truth. The Old Testament word for truth is often translated “faithfulness” which is used to describe God’s attitude and attribute.  He is the only true God who acts and speaks with absolute truth and faithfulness. Jesus, in the NT says, “Sanctify them (Set them apart) in truth, Your word is truth,” (John 17:3).

So, when I read Psalm 25:4-5, “Make me know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” I’m reminded to posture myself as a willing student of truth – which will not be found between the covers of even the most profound book, or among the most googled men and women in the universe.

The psalm writer requests of God: Make me, teach me, lead me in Your truth, teach me. What are we supposed to do? Wait — all day long if that’s what it takes.

If, like me, you’ve strained to hear His voice, you’ve worked at listening and lamented distraction, I’m pretty sure He’s reminding us to drink from the well of His truth.

His invitation: “Dwell here. Wait. Listen.”

“If you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright… (Prov 2:1-7).”

“Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth” (Prov 4:5).

 

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