It’s better to be wise than strong; intelligence outranks muscle any day. Strategic planning is the key to warfare to win, you need a lot of good counsel. Proverbs 24:5-6 Message
Can I get a big AMEN to that? Wisdom is so lacking in today’s society. Seems everyone has an opinion, but few have the wisdom God gives and the ability to implement it. I’ve encountered extremely educated people who typically have learned from other educated people and simply pass on their strong beliefs and opinions. But things change when you encounter the wisdom of God. It’s no longer about opinion, but about His way of being and doing.
I love reading about when Solomon became king of Israel and built a temple to house the Ark of the Covenant and gave a great sacrifice and worshipped God (2 Chronicles 1). That night God appeared to Solomon. God said, “What do you want from me? Ask.”
Solomon answered, “You were extravagantly generous with David my father, and now you have made me king in his place. Establish, God, the words you spoke to my father, for you’ve given me a staggering task, ruling this mob of people. Yes, give me wisdom and knowledge as I come and go among this people—for who on his own is capable of leading these, your glorious people?” (verses 8-10)
God answered Solomon, “This is what has come out of your heart: You didn’t grasp for money, wealth, fame, and the doom of your enemies; you didn’t even ask for a long life. You asked for wisdom and knowledge so you could govern well my people over whom I’ve made you king. Because of this, you get what you asked for—wisdom and knowledge. And I’m presenting you the rest as a bonus—money, wealth, and fame beyond anything the kings before or after you had or will have.” (verses 11-12)
It seems that sacrificial worship captures God’s attention. I’ve found that worship is a choice, not affected by feelings or circumstances. It’s the ability to recognize that only He deserves all of the glory, honor and praise, regardless of my surroundings or what my natural state of affairs dictates to me. It’s not determined by music or atmosphere, it simply is. I don’t have to be in a room full of musicians or anointed worshippers, I simply step into His presence and acknowledge Him as Lord.
Worthy. He simply is. No other God but Him. Matchless. No one else can compare. Sovereign. Holy. Faithful, strong and mighty.
Just typing these words sweeps me into His Throne Room. As I give Him my complete attention, He lavishes His attention on me and I’m utterly lit up with His great Glory and Grace.
Did I get off topic here? Hmmmm, I don’t think so. I think I’ll just sit and bask awhile.