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Contending for the Faith
Building on a Solid Foundation of Truth
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 7:00am

"Make your ear attentive to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; For if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will discern the fear of the LORD and discover the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding."   Proverbs 2:2-6

 


Six hundred years ago, there were groups of people who believed the earth was flat. In fact they didn't just believe the earth was flat, they "knew" the earth was flat. Because of this belief, they also believed it was impossible to sail around the world. Of course, their view was warped and limited since it was built upon knowledge which was not based in truth.

What knowledge and "facts" form our view of the world today? We probably have a better understanding of the physical workings of our world, but what knowledge determines how we view our life? Do we begin with the unlimited power and sovereignty of God, an understanding of eternity, the consequences of sin, and the saving grace of Jesus Christ?

If we allow our beliefs to be formed by the world system, our view of life will always remain limited. Rather than seeing God's loving hand at work in our life and clearly recognizing His tools of transformation, we will see only unnecessary suffering and the apparent absence of God; "The fear {or holy reverence} of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction." (Proverbs 1:7).

Clearly, God is calling us to a closer and more meaningful relationship: calling us to love Him and trust Him more. But we will never truly grow closer until we examine the foundation of our beliefs; "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). The entire Universe, and certainly our own life, was formed by God and continues to exist because of His grace. To believe anything less is to fail to understand God and fail to believe His Word.

Spiritual understanding is gained through the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit (2nd person of the Trinity), as we diligently pray and study God's Word. Initially, our prayers may seem empty and His Word full of disjointed stories which don't seem to apply; but if we continue to seek with all our heart, He will reveal His truth and we will soon begin to understand.

God has gifted us with the ability to learn, the power to seek, and the freedom to choose how we use our time. Let's use His gift to find the knowledge of God based on the reverence of His name. Let's build a world view which is consistent with God's Word and will stand the test of eternity. Let's refuse to limit God, and forevermore base our lives on the foundation of truth.
 


Source: Adapted from a devotional at http://www.gdwm.org/

Note:  All Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB), with links to the www.classic.biblegateway.com


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