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Respect and obey the LORD! This is the first step to wisdom and good sense. God will always be respected (Psalm 111:10, CEV).

Daisy 2016-06-06

Garden daisy display — photo by David Kitz

Reflection

This week’s I Love the Psalms theme is wisdom.

In yesterday’s post we were reminded that the wisdom of God is expressed through His amazing creation. But what does it mean to be wise? How is wisdom expressed in our daily lives? Wisdom is knowledge and understanding in action—applied to real circumstances.

When it comes to wisdom, we all need more of it. Far too often real world wisdom is in short supply. The psalmist gives us this advice:

Respect and obey the LORD! This is the first step to wisdom and good sense. God will always be respected (Psalm 111:10, CEV).

God will always be respected by some, but will we personally respect and obey Him? Respect for God is by no means universal. It’s a choice we make. Respect is an attitude. Obedience is the action that flows from respect. Too often we tell God we love and respect Him and then proceed to disobey His commands. That’s self-deluded nonsense.

Obedience is where the rubber hits the road. Jesus said, “And you are my friends, if you obey me (John 15:14). Obeying Jesus is wisdom applied.

Response: LORD God, teach me wisdom. Teach me your commands for my daily life. Jesus, your greatest command is that we love one another. Give me your kind of love and obedience to your Father. Amen

Your Turn: Can we separate respect from obedience? Are you taking steps to wisdom?