What's a girl to do? Apparently, blogging seemed like a good idea, especially after last week's Valentine's series was such a lifter of my heart. I find myself highly motivated to squeeze the most glory out of this for His Name's sake as possible because I do love a refreshing lemonade.
All day I have been vacillating between trusting my God and struggling to squash the anxiety that is rising. Sometimes I force music out of my throat or into my ears, rich hymns loaded with reminders of the value of trusting Him. I'll call someone who can preach truth to me. When the "pile" got too big today, I heard Him calling, His Spirit stirring me towards Him.
This morning I read 1 Peter 1, and was reminded again what this trial is doing:
"so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls." (v. 7-9)
Oh yeah. Sanctification = present salvation. Of course, as the day went on, my heart "lost touch" with that truth. His beckoning was a reckoning of my current and needy heart condition.
So, He sent Job 28. Oh, the work that man exerts that he might find precious metals!
"Man puts an end to darkness
and searches out to the farthest limit
the ore in gloom and deep darkness...
Man puts his hand to the flinty rock
and overturns mountains by the roots.
He cuts out channels in the rocks,
and his eye sees every precious thing.
He dams up the streams so that they do not trickle,
and the thing that is hidden he brings out to light." (v. 3,9-11)
Motivated by what that gold, silver, iron and copper can do for him, the individual goes to GREAT lengths and does HARD work resulting in something of value to him.
But wisdom? It is NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE to find and NOTHING is comparable to it.
“But where shall wisdom be found?
And where is the place of understanding?
Man does not know its worth,
and it is not found in the land of the living." (v. 12-13)
And as if that wasn't clear enough:
"It is hidden from the eyes of all living
and concealed from the birds of the air." (v. 21)
But there is One who Knows, Who not only did the "hard work" of searching it out, but is the Source of it.
"God understands the way to it,
and he knows its place.
For he looks to the ends of the earth
and sees everything under the heavens...
he saw it and declared it;
he established it, and searched it out." (v. 23-24,27)
Isn't that AMAZING?! One of the best parts about it all is that He has even REVEALED that Wisdom!
"And he said to man,
‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom,
and to turn away from evil is understanding.’” (v. 28)
And Christ, the exact representation of God, IS therefore THE WISDOM OF GOD MANIFESTED (1 Cor. 1:24)!
So, today, when I have no idea what to do, I know where to start AND finish. With the FEAR OF THE LORD. In reverential awe, I choose to acknowledge His sovereignty, omniscience, and power over all things, for nothing is hidden from Him or impossible for Him. I will joyfully praise Him in this transition, singing and celebrating the steadfast love of my God, Source of my Strength and Source of my Wisdom.