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Psalm 118:8 ” It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”

For all of you that enjoy Bible trivia, the middle Scripture of the Bible is this verse, Psalm 118:8 .  It’s the very center point of God’s Word.  So was it placed there by chance or divinely inspired?  Many times I’ve  prayed to find God’s perfect plan and purpose in my life…to be in the very center of His Will.   For I know that’s the safest and very best place to be.  And if I look at the fundamental truths in this verse, it makes that search easier.  Where am I placing my faith and trust…whose promises am I putting stock in…and where really does my confidence lie?  If it’s in man, I’m going to be disappointed…but if my trust is in the Lord, I will find His ultimate plan and purpose for my life.

Proverbs 11:27 ” He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it.”

What goes around, comes around…or better yet, you look for trouble, and it’ll find you.  Or elsewhere, in Psalm 7:16 to paraphrase, “The trouble you cause will return back to you…the violence you create will come down on your head.”  But if we seek what is good and morally right, we will receive favor…favor before God…and favor before men.  And as we seek good, not only are we changed, but what we seek changes…for we are aligning ourselves with the Holy Spirit and seeking God’s Will,  not our own.

I Kings 3:12 ” I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have anyone like you, nor will there ever be.”

Solomon asked God for a discerning heart and the wisdom to distinguish between right and wrong and God was pleased. (I Kings 3:9-10)  For Solomon wasn’t asking for the superficial or trivial,  or things that had no eternal significance…he was asking for wisdom.   I once worked with a Doctor who started calling me Prudence.  When I asked why, he stated it was how I conducted myself dealing with patients and that he appreciated my common sense and prudent approach.  When you ask God for wisdom,  understanding, discretion, and His Will in your life… He happily will oblige. (James 1:5)

Ephesians 1:17 ” I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better.”

What’s motivating your thoughts and actions today?  Is it the Lord or something else?  Is the driving force behind what you think and do Godly or worldly?  When we are motivated by the desire to know God better, each day is a new discovery of divine knowledge…not just shown to us, but clarified and witnessed  by the Holy Spirit within.  And with that daily recognition of the truth, our motivation shifts from selfish to selfless.

 

Colossians 1:9 ” For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His Will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.”

This would be my prayer for you today also.  That the Lord would accomplish in your life His plan and purpose… and you would be able to grasp the concept and see the relationship between knowing God and living for Him.  You know God to live…in other words, you put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ which  leads to eternal life.  But then, you live to know God…that is,  you continue to faithfully walk with God,  which develops this close, intimate relationship that only grows deeper every day.  I pray that you would know God to live, and live to know God.  Amen.

Ephesians 1:11 ” In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will…”

You are not a mistake.  No matter what people tell you, God’s divine Will included you as an important part in this world.  He has a unique purpose for your life here on earth…your birth was foreordained by Him…He knew you before you were even conceived.  You are not a mistake, but a valuable part of God’s plan.