Thursday, September 20, 2007

Our Wisdom vs. God's Truth

As this month runs on and we continue talking about wisdom, I remember the following verse:

"Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5)

So, what does it mean? Obviously, we aren't told we cannot or shouldn't think, use logic, try to understand things better - but we are warned that our understanding is limited. Sometimes things that make perfect sense to us in cultural context are absolutely forbidden according to what God commands us to do; and sometimes what He asks us to do doesn't seem to 'fit in' with today's realities. So, when in doubt, trying to decide between a God-ordained path and what makes sense to us or people in our surroundings, the answer is obvious.

And today, in our lives as women, such situations arise all too often. Should we prepare ourselves for career (worldly 'wisdom') or marriage (God's path)? Should we be rebellious 'individualists' (worldly path) or submissive daughters, and later wives (God's plan)?

A long time ago, I received a comment on my blog which I suddenly remembered today. What left me in a state of puzzlement back then was that the author claimed she believes in God – but not that He has any authority over her life, or that His commandments are anything more than a mere suggestion. "I don't believe in the bible. I don't need it… It's trash. I threw it out long ago and never looked back and never been happier."

And here is what I told her:

If God has no authority, you let your desires be your God.
If God doesn't guide you, you let yourself be guided by your lusts.
If God has no control over you, you let your ambitions control you
.… You make yourself your own God.

Sadly, this is not uncommon. And let me tell you something, in my opinion it's no better than worshipping the Golden Calf.

Trust in Him with all your heart.


Mrs. Brigham said...

Wonderful post, Anna! God has given us both knowledge and free will and we must use both of these to live for Him and choose the path that is right.

Hannah and Geneva Morse said...

Wonderful post!! Thank you so much for reminding me of that!

Rebekah S. said...

What a great post, Anna! Thank you so much for sharing with us your wisdom!

rich blessings,

Laura H. said...

Awesome Post, Anna! You have some much wisdom, that is it unfathomable to me! Thankyou for being willing to share this wisdom!

God bless!