JOB 28:23,27-28 (Amplified)
23God understands the way [to Wisdom] and He knows the place of it [Wisdom is with God alone]…. 27Then He saw [Wisdom] and declared it; He established it, yes, and searched it out [for His own use, and He alone possesses it]. 28But to man He said, Behold, the reverential and worshipful fear of the Lord–that is Wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
JER. 33:2-3 (Amplified)
2Thus says the Lord Who made [the earth], the Lord Who formed it to establish it–the Lord is His name: 3Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge of and understand).
We are assailed on every side by mindsets spouting so-called wisdom which is contrary to God’s way. The atmosphere is permeated with it! How can we hope to stay strong for our Lord, standing firm reflecting His love, values and Way without wavering?
The Bible describes that Christ as our firm foundation. He is the Rock. How do we gain and maintain our footing on the Rock, Jesus Christ? How do we keep in good spiritual health when there is so much “junk food” around?
The answer is by choice. To be strong we need more of God. He is waiting and always available. We must decide to choose more of Him.
This means a commitment to time with Him, focused on Him and not us. He is the Bread of Life. We commit to spend the time to take in His good spiritual food, which He already has prepared for us and to stay spiritually fit through opportunities to exercise our faith (which will present themselves).
Time with God is where we get ourselves alone with Him feed on His Word, worship and pray. We take in His Truth, chewing on its many, layered revelations as if savoring the different flavors. We repeat what we have learned about Him to ourselves as we take the time to worship and adore Him, thereby writing His Truth on our own hearts. We start to know what we know about Him and can no longer be “rocked” from this certainty. We have taken our place upon the Rock, Jesus Christ.
In the knowledge of who He is, the initiation into His Wisdom begins – an understanding of His Way. For us the beginning of this Wisdom is to come to know enough about Him that we find ourselves in a state of spontaneous, bowed-down reverential awe as He begins to unfold for us how He is, what He does and why. We are amazed by what we learn about Him! Eyes suddenly opened wide, with Thomas, we declare, “My Lord and My God!”
Layer by layer He reveals the actual way of the universe which is His Truth, replacing the clever deception, with which the adversary has permeated secular viewpoints. This is the fruit of time spent alone with our Lord – privately with eyes only for Him – as we seek to get know Him because He has become important to us – not just as our Savior, but as God Most High.
We recognize this three-in-one God (Father, Son & Holy Spirit) is our Source, our Provider, our Refuge (safe-place & protector) and that all things are in His hands. We realize that He will fulfill every promise because He cannot lie and lean on the promise that as we trust in Him, out of the endless font of His love He will take what the adversary meant for evil and use it for ultimate, eternal good. We pray in a new, more confident way for we know Who we serve. We unite our purposes to His.
The result of time spent alone with God, seeking Him with abandon and child-like inquisitiveness is His firm foundation and peace under our feet where He has become our Rock – an immoveable foundation of Truth upon which we stand resolute, grounded and rooted in Him. What He has taught us can no longer be swept out from under us as life’s storms come and tides shift for His love, truth and sovereingty always remain. We stand firm for God worshipping Him in trust through all difficulties and seeming obstacles. As we choose to stand and not move away from Him during these challenges we are exercising our faith. Our spiritual muscles grow stronger as we stand firm against the resistance we encounter in a world, which is mostly contrary to Him.
In the process, those around us see God. They are confounded by the peace and joy resulting from our choice to rely on God and His promises regardless of circumstances. They want what He has given us for themselves and hunger to seek Him in order to personally receive the endless supply of satisfying spiritual food He has prepared. The outcome is the growth of His Kingdom, which He desires. The harvest is brought in one by one and His purposes are fulfilled.
DEUT 32:3-4 (Amplified)
3For I will proclaim the name [and presence] of the Lord. Concede and ascribe greatness to our God. 4He is the Rock, His work is perfect, for all His ways are law and justice. A God of faithfulness without breach or deviation, just and right is He.
Selah! [Pause and calmly think of that!]
Note from Elizabeth: Christmas is coming. A few years ago, the Lord whispered to my heart that He wanted to be worshipped at Christmas and He showed me how many of the songs we sing beautifully tell the story of His birth and why He came, but very few actually worship Him during this festive season. So I asked Him what songs He wanted released. The result is CHRISTMAS WORSHIP, which includes 7 new, original Christmas worship songs, which the Lord had me compose specifically for this project. It is available for purchase at www.holyspiritpress.org, www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro (Music clips can be heard at the CD Baby link), itunes and amazon.com May God receive the honor and worship He is due this Christmas season!
Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way.
For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.