Psalm 119:144 Knowing How To Really Live Life

Your statutes are always righteous; give me understanding that I may live. Psalm 119:144

Each person has a different view on the best way to live life. Some believe the best way is out in the country side, deep in the woods alone with nature. Others say it is on the beach in the water. Some will say out on a large prairie with many cattle. Still others will say in the big cities at many different parties.

Outside of location, people will say living life is fishing, cooking, traveling, partying, or one of many other things to do. Doing something that they love is what many people determine as to whether they are really living a great life or not.

The problem with all of these views are they are self focused and temporary. They focus on what the individual likes and wants and does not take God’s guidance into the picture. They only last while here on this earth.

The psalmist asked God for understanding of His laws in order to really live. God’s laws teach a person how to really live a good life. It shows a person the best things to do or not do in this life.

Without understanding of the Law of God, it looks just like a bunch of harsh regulations and things not to do. However, God is looking out for your best interest. His laws protect you from harming yourself or others. It also draws you closer to Himself, by making you more like Jesus.

The world says to look out for old number one, yourself. God says to seek Him first and to serve or love others. Reading the Law helps you understand how to show that love to others and to seek Him first in your life. God’s Law will never fail you or let you down.

The things of this world will fail or come to an end. God’s law will never do either.

Seek God for understanding in His law and the way He wants you to live your life. Do not allow the laws to be just a list of things to do and not do. Allow it to change you for the better. See the value of His law in your life.

I pray today that you will know the Law of God in your heart; that God will help you understand His Word; that you will live according to God’s ways; and that you will live the full life God has for you.

 

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Psalm 119:18 Open Eyes

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. Psalm 119:18

Seeing the details in things is difficult for many people. There is often the joke of the husband not knowing the details of his wife. The wife makes a change in the way she does her hair, and the husband does not know the difference. Many men, after several years of marriage, forget the little details of their first date, such as when, where, and what they did.

Others have trained themselves to be extremely attentive to the details. They make great investigators.

The psalmist had asked God to open his eyes to see His law better. At the time of the psalmist, the Law was the Bible. It was the first five books of the Bible as it is known today.

Most people in the church can tell many of the stories of the Bible, such as that of David and Goliath, Noah, Jonah, Lazarus, and the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus. It is great to know these stories, but there is so much more to the Bible. There are many more great things in the Bible that can be known.

When people read the Bible, many get bored with reading the books of Numbers and Chronicles. They see one as just an extremely long list of numbering people and sacrifices, and the other as a long list of genealogies. Both of which are seen as boring.

Yet, in both of these, and throughout the rest of Scripture are a lot of wonderful truths that God has put in there for you to see. The only way to see is to have your eyes opened up to see the details.

Jesus had talked about the people seeing, but not seeing. This is where you need to ask God to help you see correctly.

When you see the Bible as God wants you to see it, you will be filled with wonder and joy at what is in it. The Bible will come alive and not be some boring book that you must read. You will see God’s love and plan for you and all of mankind. You will see how God works in the lives of men and women throughout all history.

Allow God to open your eyes to His Word today and see the wonderful things in it.

I pray today that God will fill you with His Spirit to understand His Word; that God will open your eyes to see His truth; that you will find joy in God’s Word; and that you will be changed by God’s Word.

Psalm 49:20 Wealthy, But Missing It

People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish. Psalm 49:20

Earlier in this psalm, the psalmist asks the question why one should be afraid of those who are wealthy. Several thousand years later, people are still fearing those who are wealthy.

Those with great wealth often trust in the power of their wealth and feel that they are in control. Bribery happens on a regular basis at all levels of the government and in businesses. The term used for this is a donation.

Great wealth is what keeps businesses promoting sinful or harmful activities. It is wealth that causes a person to tear down homes in order to build a business. In all of their activities, there is no understanding occurring.

Fear of the wealthy shows up, when those without wealth just accept what the wealthy have to say and do, regardless of how right or wrong it is.

Any one who has great wealth and uses it in the wrong way, has no real understanding. They do not see the problems they are causing. They do not see their need for God to be in control of their lives. They lack any understanding of what life on this earth is really all about. When they live like this, they will be like the beasts of the field, they will die and everything with them will perish.

People with a lot of wealth can do a lot of great things, if they choose to do so. Money can buy food, clothing and housing for other people. It can purchase materials needed to properly teach children. It can provide for medical needs. It can be used to help spread the gospel message of Jesus Christ around the world.

There is nothing wrong with great wealth. If you believe in and follow Jesus, you can use your wealth (whether little or great) to do great things for God.

As a believer, you do not have to fear those who are wealthy. They may appear to be in control, but in reality, it is God who is in full control. Trust God and not man. Trust God and not yours or someone else’s wealth.

Be filled with understanding and know what God is doing today. Know what God wants you to do with what you have.

I pray today that you will allow God to be in control of your life; that you will trust God alone; that God will give you understanding; and that you will use what you have for God.

Job 42:3 Speaking Without Knowledge

You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.

God had just finished showing Job how He is in absolute control of everything. Job then realized that when he was complaining about the suffering God was putting him through, he was speaking without really understanding. Job knew that he had been wrong about God in what he had said.

People often speak about things that they really do not understand or know everything about. During football season, there are many “armchair coaches” or “quarterbacks” that could do it better. They see a play and get angry because it should have been done a different way. There are also many people who are the “backseat drivers” in a vehicle. Again, they know how to best drive the vehicle in every situation.

When people make comments about things other people have done, often it is through their own experience or viewpoint. The consideration that the other person may be doing the best possible way of getting something done, does not usually enter the mind.

This type of speaking is often done with God. God allows something in a person’s life, and the person gets upset. How could God allow that? What was He thinking? God is absolutely in the wrong.

People, including believers, often question what God is doing. Or question why God will not allow something to happen. When this happens, they are basically saying that God is not really in control and does not have all knowledge.

God really does see the bigger picture. Would you have sent your son to die to forgive a person who hates and hurts you? Would you allow pain and suffering in order to draw a person closer to you?

God’s ways are higher than your ways. You cannot always understand why God does what He does, or allows what He allows. Take a look at how this world and the universe works. Can you run all of that yourself? God can.

Trust that God knows what He is doing. Job did not see the bigger picture in what God was doing in his life. He did not see the testimony that God was giving him.

You will not see everything either, but you can trust that it is all for your good. Do not speak against God.

I pray today that you will trust God’s plans for your life; that you will not fear what God has brought into your life; that you will not speak against God; and that God will use you to reach this world for Him.

Job 38:2 Hiding God’s Plans

Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Job 38:2

Job had been going through many different trials. He was wondering why God was putting him through the troubles. His friends were judging him harshly because of those troubles. God had remained silent, until now. As God begins to speak, His first words were a question. He wanted to know who was trying to hide His plans without any real knowledge.

Throughout the rest of this chapter God describes many different things that He does. Some of these were laying out the path of the stars, holding the seas in place, causing there to be rain, where the light is hidden at night, and many other things. In each of these God points out that many is no where to be seen in the process.

With God being able to do all these things, He has plans also for each and every man. People, however, do not always understand or accept God’s plans for their lives. They will try to explain away what is occurring in their life.

Those who do not believe in God at all, will try to explain the situations by natural means. Science and cause and effect are looked at to give a reason why a person is going through some situation.

Believers will also try to explain God’s plans away. Often difficult times are seen as judgement for a hidden or past sin.

Job’s friends felt that Job had sinned in some manner to bring on the great judgement from God. Job, himself, felt that God hated him and was against him for some unknown reason. Both were hiding the real reason for what was occurring in Job’s life.

Look back at the beginning chapters and see that God was challenging the devil and proving who Job really was. In reality, what was happening was an honor to Job, that God would think of him that way.

God’s ways are above your ways. You may not understand the full reason why you are going through a trial. Be careful not to try and hide what God is doing in your life. Do not hide His plans. Ultimately His plans is to make you like Jesus–holy and righteous.

Are you trusting His plans for your life?

I pray today that God will reveal His plans for your life; that you will trust God to guide your life; that you will not judge God for His plans for you; and that you will be a witness of God’s love and power to this world.

Job 28:28 Wisdom And Understanding (Part 2)

And he said to the human race, “The fear of the LORD–that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding.” Job 28:28

The author had talked about how mankind can find many different things, but was unable to find wisdom and understanding. Those things are hidden from natural sight. God is the One who sees and understands everything. He is the One who is in control of everything. God then tells every person that to fear the Lord is wisdom and to turn from evil is understanding.

People can read and hear about God and the ways He does things. Reading the Bible gives a lot of information about God. The history of how God works in the lives of many people can be found in the stories in the Bible. The characteristics of God can be found in the Bible.

Reading the Bible alone and doing nothing with it does not have any real value in life. There are people who study the Bible because they see it as a great piece of literature, not as God’s Word and how to know God, and how to live and please God. Outside of a literature book, it means nothing to them.

When a person reads the Bible, he can get to know who God is and what God wants. This is where the fear of the Lord should begin. Fear, in this case, is not one of being afraid, but of extreme respect. Respecting God for who He is and accepting that He is in control. Accepting these things is wise.

Once a believer has a proper fear of the Lord, it should make him want to turn away from evil. He will realize that God does not want him to sin in any way. Turning from evil is understanding who God is and what God wants for his life.

Understanding how things work in this world is good, but will not help you for eternity. Being wise in how to apply the understanding of things of this world may help some in this world, but, again, will not save you for judgement.

The only things that really matter in life, is knowing and understanding who God is and what He wants. You need to have a proper fear of the Lord in your life. Then you must turn from all sin and serve Him.

Do you have wisdom and understanding?

I pray today that you will know who God is; that you will understand what God desires; that you will know God’s plan for your life; and that you will turn from all sin.

 

Job 28:20 Wisdom And Understanding (Part 1)

Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? Job 28:20

The author of Job starts out this chapter talking about how man can dig down into the earth and discover many different things that animals will never find. Two things cannot be found by looking for them: wisdom and understanding. Neither of these can be bought, so the question is where do they dwell? How can a person find these things?

It has been said that understanding is knowing about something, and wisdom is knowing the best way to use that understanding or knowledge that one has.

In most places in the world, people look for understanding through schooling. They go to others for information to have a better understanding on some subject. Teachers can give a lot of information about a subject, but at times that information will just go over the head of the student. Understanding the subject comes from somewhere else, besides just words from a teacher or a textbook.

Thousands of people go to college, get their degree, but cannot properly utilize what they have learned in the real world. Their information is just book knowledge. They still do not have wisdom.

In other parts of the world, people look into self-meditation to find wisdom. It is believed to be void of all feelings and study the teachings of others will bring about great wisdom.

While these things can give some insight into various subjects, there is a level of understanding and wisdom that is missed. Everything being learned is what is coming from another person. Every person is limited in his knowledge and wisdom.

People are finite. They are confined to one place, at one time, in a extremely brief period in history. In light of the entire history of the world, even someone who lives to be one hundred years old, has only been around for a short amount of time.

With this in mind, man’s information is very limited. His wisdom and understanding is very faulty at best.

True understanding and wisdom must come from somewhere else. It has to come from God. He is the only one who has been around for all eternity and knows everything perfectly.

Seek understanding and wisdom from God. Go to God to get what you need and are searching for. It will not be faulty.

I pray today that you will know God personally; that you will seek wisdom and understanding from God; and that you will not allow yourself to be led astray with faulty wisdom of this world.