March from the Pastor

Over the last several weeks my personal prayers and meditations have been about Wisdom. The reason for this is that much of the teachings of Jesus and later Paul have their grounding in Wisdom literature that comes out of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. In my own personal life I have made these my morning devotional. In this letter I wanted to share a little of what God has put on my heart through this.
As we will look at Sunday, the Wisdom of God is unlike the wisdom of the world. But what must people do to gain God’s kind of wisdom? What is our du-ty as people seeking God? Ecclesiastes 12:13 – The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.
But what does it mean for us? After all these are words written by Solo-mon three thousand years ago; he didn’t know Jesus and the power of the Cross. But here’s the thing – God hasn’t changed even when the times do. It is still the duty of the people of God to gain Godly wisdom.
“Fearing God” does not consist of hiding from a dangerous capricious de-ity, but awe and wonder at His power. When you look at a West Texas sunrise or sunset and sense the sublime power of God’s creation, that is an act of “fearing God.” When you realize you need God desperately because you lack the ability to tackle a problem, that is also an act of “fearing God.” The greatest ex-pression of it that ties both together is when we worship God. We express our, awe, wonder, need, and thankfulness to the creator of the cosmos in our wor-ship.
As to “keeping his commandments”: we can probably understand this fairly easily, after all the greatest commands are “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind and all your strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.” But it is more specific than that for us. You see the earliest creed of Christianity was very simple: “Jesus is Lord.” If we are Christians this means that not a president or a king or political party or any other power gets our absolute loyalty – that belongs to Christ alone.
Christ is our King and we owe him our worship, but we also owe him our complete allegiance. What he has done we are to loyally emulate and loyally do what he has commanded us. We should lovingly obey, because he is the Creator and Savior of this world. I gladly offer Him my worship and loyalty – He de-serves nothing less. This is how we gain Godly wisdom so let’s get started.
Pastor Nick

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