Friday, 15 March 2013

Our God: A Trusted Adviser – 2 Kings 20 (RBHW)

Feasibility studies, in any undertaking, represent the search for certainty; seeking the reassurance that the best decision is being made. This concern dominates the boardrooms of major corporations; it also dominates the most serious deliberations in parliaments around the world. It is a concern that occupies the mind of the young high-school student who is faced with decisions about career choices, and must decide on the most appropriate path to pursue. In seeking help, people go after reputable and credible consultants/advisers who boast a high success rate in their projections.

There is a universal concern that everyone has to contend with at one time or another... death. Do we really have to die? Is that it when we die; what happens after death? Is there a way to prevent death? But here's the clincher, who do we turn to for the answers to these questions on death?

Our God is the most trusted Adviser. Jesus declares of Himself in John 14: 6, "I am the Way the Truth and the LIFE." The wise man Solomon counsels us in Proverbs 3: 5, 6, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy path."

The beauty of being guided by God is that we can benefit from His foreknowledge; all that He says is well founded and certain. "The testimony of the Lord is SURE, making wise the simple." Psalm 19: 7.

Now because He sees the end as well as He sees the past and the present His suggestions often seem premature and out of place to us of limited vision. That's probably why we complain as much as we do at times, and would persuade Him to adjust His suggested course. Were it up to us, whenever we suffer the loss of a loved one, we'd have it reversed. But as time progresses we learn the wisdom of God's insistences. In many things He allows us to choose our course; with Israel getting and king, and now with Hezekiah getting an additional 15 years. If we insist on a preferred course, God won't insist on His.

Father in Heaven, thank you for the extension of Your wisdom that is offered to guide our lives. Our deepest desire is to be guided thereby. Lead us we pray, in Jesus' name, amen.