Anyone trying to decide what to do next, how to handle a sticky situation, or determine where God might be leading?
A couple of weeks ago, a couple of young women we know dropped by the house to catch up and chat. One had just graduated college, the other is preparing to graduate and both were looking for some direction in God’s word and sought our input.
My husband, Wally, and I prayed and had them both back over. They brought another friend, another recent college grad, and we decided to start meeting weekly. We discussed other friends that might be interested and the next week about eight 20-somethings were gathered in our den munching chocolate chip cookies and Rice Krispie treats.
I used my daughters’ art easel dry erase board and we began a study of God’s attributes guided by Jen Wilkin’s book, None Like Him. As she does in her introduction, we dove into a discussion on where wisdom is to be found and what it looks like. The focal verse that night was Psalm 111:10 ~
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever.”
While this simple verse seems pretty straight forward, our discussion yielded some pretty interesting insights.
What does this look like all put together?
What does it look like to practice fearing the LORD?
Another insight from Jen Wilkin is this quote, “The heart cannot love that the mind does not know.” If we want to love God with our whole heart, we have to engage our mind to know of Him. Gaining this head knowledge is a part of practicing. This practice will grow our love for Him.
If we haven’t been used to this type of practicing we may have to “practice” practicing. Another author I admire, Ruth Chou Simons, wrote: ” Practice makes progress, not perfect.” As we practice the practice of fearing the LORD, we will make progress and gain the understanding we seek and the wisdom we need. We just may need to remind ourselves that gaining wisdom is a process that we are only at the beginning of.
During our time together on Friday nights, we are going to examine the LORD we are commanded to fear. These young adults that are gathering in our home are wrestling with real issues of real life. They need wisdom. They need knowledge that will lead to understanding that will produce a fear of the LORD motivated by a love for Him.
The issues I wrestle with are real as well and I need wisdom too. We all do. We all need a deeper knowledge of the LORD so we can correctly love Him and so worship Him reverence and awe like it says in Hebrews 12.
I will post some of our insights along the way as we study ways our God is uniquely God. In the meantime, how do you practice your fear of the LORD? Please post your thoughts below, your practice will definitely spur us on in ours.
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