Pure, Clean, but… Oh!

Job 11:4-18- “For you say, ‘My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in God’s eyes.’ But oh, that God would speak and open his lips to you, and that he would tell you the secrets of wisdom! For he is manifold in understanding… “Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? It is higher than heaven- what can you do? Deeper than Sheol- what can you know? It’s measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea… If you prepare your heart, you will stretch out your hands toward him… Surely then you will lift up your face without blemish; you will be secure and will not fear. You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away. And your life will be brighter than noonday; its darkness will be like the morning. And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security.”

My doctrine is pure, and I am clean in God’s eyes… But, oh!…

I’m very grateful for my upbringing. I was taught about Jesus at a young age, and I’ll forever be thankful for that. But, because a “Christian life” has always been something I’ve lived, there have been occasions (that lasted longer than they should have) in which I subconsciously felt like I reached some metaphorical pinnacle of Christianity. (My doctrine was pure, and I was clean in God’s eyes.) But, overtime, He reminded me that I had much learning, growing, and humbling to do.

No matter how long we’ve known the Lord, how experienced we are in His calling, or how much we’ve studied His Word, we will always have more to learn. Always. (Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? It is higher than the heaven… longer than the earth… broader than the sea…) The moment I felt like I had certain things figured out… BOOM! He opened my eyes to an issue I never even realized I had. When I got that under control, BAM! He revealed to me another attitude that wasn’t right. Don’t get me wrong; He has always been loving and gentle- but He also wants to be exhibited through my life… so my actions, attitudes, tactics, and words all need to be structured by Him.

When we become convinced that our endeavors and earthly comprehension is enough to teach us sufficiently, we’re at risk of possibly hurting others. (James 3:17) Our confidence should rest in Him alone. Only He sees, knows, and understands all things and all people. We only see one point of view, and until we ask for His wisdom in each situation, we tend to act in ways that would only achieve our own temporary success. However, when we request His leading on a situation, He understands enough to achieve eternal victory for any and all associated with the said situation. His knowledge is unfathomable!

Realizing that we will forever have more to glean from the Lord should not make us weary, but excited! When He shows us areas we can improve on, it’s not to belittle us, but to make us more equipped for greater feats and accomplishments. (Read about Solomon. — 2 Samuel 12:24 – 1 Kings 11:43; 1 Chronicles 28, 29; 2 Chronicles 1-10; Nehemiah 13:26; Psalm 72; Matthew 6:29, 12:42) Wisdom is the most luxurious thing one can possess. (Proverbs 16:16) Following after God’s guidance doesn’t make life harder for us, but much easier! And, He promises to impart as much wisdom as we ask for! (James 1:5) Understanding the significance of that is the very beginning of wisdom, (Proverbs 9:10) so once you’ve gotten to this point, realize the access you have through Him! God is infallible. He makes no mistakes. What better Teacher could we have? He is ready and willing to bestow His wisdom to us any and every time we ask… what a blessing to be a child of the most wise King of Kings!

Prayer: God, You are the very source of wisdom. You are all-knowing and never fail. Thank You for being so generous in sharing that wisdom with me. May I always walk in it… I love You, Lord. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

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