Fix Your Gaze Upwards - Towards Christ
As my morning walk along the serene shoreline came to an end, my arm refused to pull the handle of the car door. Suddenly, tingles went up my arms and the tips of my thumbs went numb. It had been a while since I’d visited the chiropractor for preventative adjustment, and this proved I’d put it off too long.
There is protection in the wisdom of God. “Wisdom is inextricably bound to a relationship with the Lord, the pursuit of either one leading to the other,” David Finkbeiner explains, “This is because wisdom (and it’s counterparts, knowledge and understanding) comes from the Lord, who bestows it to seekers” (Moody). Where we look matters! The NAS translation of Proverbs 2:1 uses the word receive in place of accept. In it’s original Hebrew translation, it means to take, get, fetch, lay hold of, seize, acquire.
The knowledge of God lies at our fingertips! But we have to take action. The ability to see the world through the perspective of our great God requires us to take obedient action and meet Him in prayer, worship, and His word. He intends to give us more than we can ask for or imagine (Ephesians 3:20-21). Our heavenly Abba Father loves to bless us! He hears our prayers and is a personal, loving and compassionate God. But so many of us, on so many days, trudge and run through each day on our own agenda, neglecting to make time for Him or talk to Him.
Following Christ isn’t easy. One glimpse into the testimony left behind in the New Testament up to present day will reveal hardship and difficulty. But the power we have in the Holy Spirit sustains us, providing supernatural strength to pursue with joy the hope set before us. The action words in Proverbs 2:1-5 direct us in how to access the wisdom we need to unlock the full potential God has knit into our lives since before we were even a thought in our earthly parent’s minds. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Jesus waits with open arms to welcome us into a life washed clean with forgiveness and grace.
Look up … accept, store up, turn, apply, call out, cry aloud, look for, and search for the wisdom of God. He will answer in His own way and in His own perfect timing. He is faithful to grow us into the people He already sees us as, without the sin and weight of the world that so easily entangles us (Hebrews 12:1). All are welcome, with open arms, to “understand and find.”
Moody Bible Commentary, Copyright 2014 by Moody
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Meg writes about everyday life within the love of Christ at megbucher.com. She is the author of “Friends with Everyone, Friendship within the Love of Christ,” “Surface, Unlocking the Gift of Sensitivity,” “Glory Up, The Everyday Pursuit of Praise,” “Home, Finding Our Identity in Christ,” and "Sent, Faith in Motion." Meg earned a Marketing/PR degree from Ashland University but stepped out of the business world to stay home and raise her two daughters …which led her to pursue her writing passion. A contributing writer for Salem Web Network since 2016, Meg is now thrilled to be a part of the editorial team at Salem Web Network. Meg loves being involved in her community and local church, leads Bible study, and serves as a youth leader for teen girls.