There is an old legend telling of a captain on a large ship in the middle of the night. In the distance, he sees a light so he has his messenger send out a message saying they demand the right-away due to the size of their ship so they must move aside. The captain has him continue on with the importance of his ship and his demands when they finally receive a message back saying “This is the lighthouse!”
After remembering this, the thought of God being the lighthouse came to mind. So often, due to beliefs of importance and false knowledge, we think we should tell God what we need when it is always the other way around. Genesis 28:15 states “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Today, I will seek the lighthouse; not my own understanding.
Recently while driving, a car sped past me flying! All at once I began watching him while speculating how fast he was going. Continuing to watch and judge him, I happened to glance down at my speedometer and it was registering ten miles an hour over the speed limit. Somewhat amused, I was reminded what someone said to me years ago, “Remember, when you are pointing your finger at someone, you have three pointed at yourself.” That is so true! That is exactly when there is something I need to address in my own life.
Psalms 119:34 states “Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.” Today, I will be conscious of my own needs of improvement, but lovingly.
This morning, while studying and praying at my desk, I caught myself trying to intellectualize how something was going to turn out. It didn’t take long for me to turn to God and quieten my thoughts and just listen, since it was not working the other way. Trying to figure things out involves ego and self-will while understanding comes from the heart if it is filled with humility and gratitude.
Luke 9:21 reads “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou has hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes:” Sometimes, I just need to listen more.
For years, I made New Year’s Resolutions and as I look back over them, I realize they didn’t last very long. The reason for that for me was they were done with human will and force and my telling God what was what, rather than listening for Him.
This morning I have been praying with Isaiah 40:10 which reads “Behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him.” In a Bible commentary, it states that very often in Hebrew, the words “reward” and “work” were synonymous. Once again, that means to me that joy, peace and understanding are available right now, not in the future.
Recently, I was reading a spiritual article by Edward Kimball, where he said “We are not minus the supply for our needs, but simply minus understanding of its presence.” Then I was led to Psalm 119:27 which states, “Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders.” God is always here and we can never be separated from Him. He will answer our every need when we get human ego and outlining out of the way! Today I will listen completely for Him to direct my path.
Recently I read in an article a story about someone who posted a silhouette on facebook and urged everyone to tell what they saw. After studying this for sometime, there were those asking “could it be a flower, an insect or a dragon?” Finally, the trick was to focus on the light and a face came into view and from then on, that’s all you saw!
Couldn’t we apply this is our life as we are searching for answers? We certainly cannot find them in the dark. When the light is on in our thinking, we can see with such clarity. Malachi 3:10 comes to thought saying, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.” Food to me represents Light and understanding! With the help of God, I will stay in the Light today.
Human understanding will never bring permanent peace. There will always be another problem following so peace will be short-lived. By giving challenges to God and allowing God to be God, we are given an everlasting peace. Proverbs 3:5-6 reads, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Today, I will let go of “trying to figure it out” and quieten my thoughts so that I can hear Him.