Getting Strength From Another (Psalm 73:17)

Life may be confusing, discouraging and appear to be unfair. On our own, we will never be able to figure things out. Our efforts of living for God and abstaining from wickedness may appear to be in vain. However when we enter into God’s presence and fellowship with him, he will perform a work in our hearts to bring things back into perspective. He did this for the Psalmist when he became envious of the wicked and he will do the same for you.

Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. (Psalms 73:17)

How soon we forget the wonders of his working. After being saved for over 30 years, it is difficult to remember exactly what it was like to be lost. The wounds from sins have been healed. All I can do is remember that at one time, I had great wounds in my heart to the point that I saw no significance of living. You would think that I should remember that and always be grateful in my heart. But it is not the case. It seems that the troubles and struggles of the day press more upon my heart than issues that should cause rejoicing. For that reason, I need to sit at the feet of the savior.

Recently, we rescued a dog that had been hit by a car and then abandoned for days. Needless to say, he has phobias. What makes him most able to endure these fear is when he gets close to those who love him. He gains our strength and becomes calm because of the security we provide. Is God any different to us? We have fears and worries, but it is when we draw close to him that we gain his strength and become secure.

When you struggle, draw close to God. He will open your eyes to the truths that you may need so as to gain the strength and comfort that only he can bring.

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Gaining Understanding (Proverbs 2:9)

I don’t understand why God has allowed this to happen. It does not make any sense. It’s useless. Have you heard these terms before? Have you said these or similar words? One of my favorite songs that we sang in the nursing home ministry back in the early 80’s was Someday, He’ll Make It Plain To Me. There are some situations in life that we will not be able to understand until we get to the other side in glory, but there are many times that we will be able to make sense of events that do not seem to make sense. How we can gain this ability is found in Proverbs chapter two.

Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
(Proverbs 2:9)

There is a blessing to be received for memorizing scripture, but as with all spiritual blessings it is dependent on the condition of the heart and not the action performed. When I was the principal of a Christian school, we had children memorize a portion of scripture each month. It was a mandatory obligation for which many waited until the end of the month to achieve. For those who did the task out of obligation, I believe that they received little or no benefit from the task because Proverbs 2:1-2 indicates that those receiving and hiding the word of God as a treasure are doing so in the hope of gaining wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Scripture memory out for obligation purposes falls short of this.

God later promises to those, whose hearts are crying out or seeking him as a hid treasure, that they will gain and find what they seek and also gain protection from God. It is after this that God shares that the result of receiving God’s word as a treasure will bring an understanding of every good path. From this we can be confident that if there is a way to know and understand God’s ways, it is through hiding God’s word in the heart of a person truly seeking him.