This reading is based on Psalm 111 and is read in accordance with the Revived by His Word initiative of the General Conference of SDAs.
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments." Psalm 111: 10
It's All About Where You Start
Life is like a maze; unraveling its mystery can be unnerving and frustrating. But to solve the mystery of life is wisdom. Many times we miscalculate. So often things that start out well only end up in disaster. The search for certainty is indeed as confusing as following a path in a maze. There are versions of the game that give you multiple options of where to begin. In those instances it all depends on where you start.
The Psalmist is here very certain where the maze should start, "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom," (verse 10). Fearing God involves: 1.
Acknowledging His existence; 2. Acknowledging His power; 3. Acknowledging His creatorship; 4. Acknowledging His sovereignty and right to our worship. But these are largely legitimate claims and don't necessarily engender love. But what does evoke love however is that, "The Lord is gracious and full of compassion," (verse 4). This is what He revealed to Moses (Ex. 34: 6, 7). So John concludes, "We love Him, because He first loved us." 1 John 4: 19.
But You Must Maintain Course
Life has its unique twists and turns, and is such that even though you may have started out right, you may still go off course. The exciting thing though is that God is there to give instructions at every crossroads - "a good understanding have all those who DO HIS COMMANDMENTS." This too is about love. Jesus says, "If you love Me keep My commandments." John 14: 15.
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