Can we pray?
Or should I say “shall we pray?”
“Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your instructions.”
“Huh! That’s it?” You may say, but there are ‘tons’ in that short and scary mole prayer!
Are you aware where that may be found?
In Psalms 119:18.
What can we share about ‘truth’, what excites me?
“To the person who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner He gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”
Furthermore, The Word says:
Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding?
But, The Word says even more:
In Proverbs 1:7 it says: “The fear of The LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
James 1:5 King James Version (KJV)
We receive daily from The Lord, permanently we are blessed with His Word, which essentially are all instructions to live by.
We all have laws, do we not? Do not steal, kill etc A law? Do’s and Don’t’s. Thank am keenly aware that way before Moses went up the mountain for the 10 commandments, there was law.
First and foremost Adam was told not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; he has serves as rule #1, broken! See where we are?
From the very beginning, God told man what was right and wrong. To Adam in the Garden, God said, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17). When the children of Israel came out of Egypt, God established His Law with them at Mount Sinai. The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) were not the whole law, but a summary of all that God had to tell them. The entire books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy are devoted to revealing to the Israelites God’s laws. Jewish rabbis say that there are 613 laws in the Torah (Books of Moses). Of those, 365 are in the “thou shalt not…” category.
What are some examples of these sins? From the Ten Commandments we have false worship, idolatry, misusing God’s name, violating the Sabbath, dishonoring parents, murder, adultery, stealing, lying/libel, and coveting. In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7), Jesus took some of these same sins to a new level. Regarding murder, Jesus said, “Anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment…. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell” (Matthew 5:22). Regarding adultery, Jesus said, “Anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28). In Galatians 5:19-21, we are told, “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Just these brief lists will give most people plenty of things to work on for a lifetime. In addition to the various lists that can be found in Scripture, we are told in 1 John 5:17 that “all wrongdoing is sin.” Not only does the Bible tell us the things not to do, but in James 4:17, we are informed that anyone “who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”
When we try to compile a list of sins, we find ourselves buried under the guilt of our own failures because we discover that we have sinned far more than we realized. The Scriptures inform us, “All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law’” (Galatians 3:10). While that statement might seem self-defeating, it is actually the best news possible. Since we can never fully keep God’s Law, there must be another answer, and it is found a few verses later: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.’ He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit” (Galatians 3:13-14). The Law of God, or the lists of sins that we find in the Bible, serve as a tutor to “lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith” (Galatians 3:24).
We have AWESOME truths and direction in God’s Word. One of my favorite verses is:
“What has happened before will happen again. What has been done before will be done again. There is nothing new in the whole world.”
For naysayers, even if God ‘stood back’ from all He created, we as intellectuals should learn from the past. Medicine – based on this exact principle- ALL is well until: Exposed to an organism, something in a ‘well’ tuned machine is “off kilter.”!
Once again, we come to our analogy – experience is the best teacher.
Science, technology, art, music and life ALL based on what has been! We should learn, open your eyes and look around, your ears and listen, your senses and feel.
We can go so many places with this! If a person is lacking in some area it is the will to be ‘normal’ that drives an individual! People tend to walk – that is moving from point A to point B. A cane, crutches, a wheelchair? We may have all seen examples of some of the most creative use of the talent we were granted!
This merely introduces us to what can be done, what HAS been done?
Again, we can go on. There are so many who have spoken on TED that it impress us. What is your story?
Now we do pray: LORD, open my eyes to see the wondrous and awesome occasions of Your Love, Amen
No matter our religious background, there is something at the center of our life. SOMETHING! A reason, a desire, a want, a need placed there by?
Let us learn to place our focus on just where it needs to be, Amen