Not a welcome question in the times we live in. With people concerned about work, finance, health and many other things. So how safe is your future?
Perhaps safety and future are strange bed fellows yet they do fit, security can be found in little really work, relationship, finance, security seems to be the incorrect term to use, I think safety is more apt today. If my future is safe, I will take risk or chose to walk trusting God.
So how safe is your future? The Psalmist I see often asked himself questions of future and questions of safety he would often cry out, then somewhere in his cry he would find the answer. “By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path” he said in Psalm 119:105 that the power of these words, certain words that is, bring safety. Words that are the nature of the speaker, light that illuminates, God begins with “Let there be light” (his condition – see earlier blog) and here the writer still encounters this same pulsation, crafted, uttered words that cause pathways to be seen. Words that do not breakdown but build up, words that raise up the pathway, the safe footed ways in front of each of us.
These safe words have the ability to direct, to show you where you are going, they are certain words not throw away comments but “your words”. For safety sake, I better make sure I am hearing “…your…” words, making sure I can distinguish “…your…” words Lord. So many say that, this and that are your words, but can I hear them form the source of light? I recently sat in a gathering where it was declared strongly that the main event, the focus of all Gods working was this ………… and yet no mention of Christ or the filling up of all things in Christ was mentioned. It really was the produce, or the in teaching for now, they were not “…your…” words, not safety bringing words but simply fashionable words, gathering people around the fashionable point. Not light that illuminates and brings safety but so-called light that only builds our own events.
Make us able to distinguish true words in so much noise ”…your…” words safety words, perhaps that is why there is the lack of a safe future, we are not sure how to distinguish good words, successful words from safety words.
Safety is YOUR words in YOUR people so that YOUR community will ensure that YOUR words and will be done!
These words not only inform us of the Fathers will but also shows us how to follow the right and avoid the wrong ways, safety pathways, safe futures.
Ancient lamps were filled with oil to illuminate, their shapes changed with the potter and fashion and what was practical for purpose, we as the people of God change our shape, and it really does not matter, it’s the light that illuminates and that matters rather than the changing shape, safety is not in the changing shape but in the words that illuminate.
Safety words bring a safe future “Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my mediation. I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts” (119:98-100) it is mentioned three times, these illuminating words make us “wiser” and gives us “more insight” and “more understanding”. This is not the boast of a ‘smarty’ a superior human, but it is some one who has discovered safety in this word “…your…” words. If we learn what God says you will know things that will amaze the people around you.
Wisdom wiser than mine enemies!
If you want this kind of wisdom we are going to have to switch off the TV, stop getting distracted give ourselves in response to a Father that loves us, pick up his spoken word and listen to the spirit as we turn to the book. I can discover the wisdom that delivers me from my enemies as I hear the word.
Wisdom wiser than my teachers
Human wisdom can only take you so far but those who know how to take in the words of the Father and the Son will truly take in wisdom. The reason for this wisdom is simple, a disposition learned of “your testimonies are my meditations” this learning is not by chance or a wow experience, but by turning and considering, the way I ponder and what I mediate upon, all that I fill my mind and heart with.
Wisdom wiser than age
I have stuff to say that is older than me! There is always much to learn from those who are older than us however age by itself does not equal wisdom there is such a thing as “old fools” who started as “young fools” and just got old. Wisdom comes from years of obeying the words of the Father. The “understanding” mentioned here means the ability to penetrate with insight into difficult issues. You know how to tackle life and its hard edges as you have seen God at work in the word and in his illumination.
Again the reason this is possible is simply “I keep your precepts” wisdom does not come by osmosis or magic, simply superior wisdom comes by doing what the word says.