Fear, Obedience? Choice?

Fear, Obedience? Choice?

I have a quote and two verses on my mind this morning.

baby-hand-infant-child-451853.jpeg“Obedience is the outward evidence of the true fear of the Lord.”
– John Bevere

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.
Stubborn fools despise wisdom and discipline.
– Provebs 1:7 (GW)

…the one who makes a promise and does not break it,
even though he is hurt by it.
Psalm 15:4b (GW)

These all serve as reminders for me that, really, the whole deal here, the big tamale, the be-all, and end-all, is fear and obedience- by choice. Not the one because of the other.

It’s an attitude thing, I think. Actually, I do like the word “awe” instead of fear.

awe noun “a feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder.”

There’s a lyric from a Fike song, “I know You’re good, but safe I’m sure You’re not.”

pexels-photo-424517.jpegI guess what I’m trying to say is not that I want to obey because I’m afraid of You, but because I believe You do have plans to prosper and not harm me BUT if I refuse, You are quite capable of … ____?

What’s the right word? Justice? Correction? Discipline? The discipline of a Father for His beloved children – maybe that’s it.

I like the way The Passion Translation (TPT) puts it:

How then does a man gain the essence of wisdom?
We cross the threshold of true knowledge
WHEN we live in obedient devotion to God.
Stubborn know-it-alls will never stop to do this,
for they scorn true wisdom and knowledge.

pexels-photo-269334.jpegIt’s a “which comes first” thing; TPT says plainly that obedient devotion is the prerequisite for true knowledge.

I’m a smart guy (or so they told me), and I was raised thinking you have to know what you’re doing before you can succeed in doing it. I sense a setup for stubbornness and foolishness in that perspective.

Ah, yes, forever I’ve been a “have my cake and eat it too” guy; always trying for a win-win (for me) situation. That’s why Psalm 15’s verse is included. pexels-photo-227432.jpeg

Obedience just has this sense that stresses doing something one doesn’t want or really like doing. Something contrary. Integrity can hurt, or be uncomfortable, at the least.

I checked out all English translations of the Proverb. Here are some of the words used in place of “wisdom and discipline.”

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  • self-discipline (my word)
  • good advice
  • a willingness to learn
  • chastening
  • teaching
  • knowledge
  • guidance

Aren’t all these things “good?” Aren’t they all things a “smart” person would do, without question? Aren’t these inherent? Common-sense? (In which case, we don’t need to be taught to do them, right?)

Or did we?

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Some toddlers will bypass the stairs as soon as they notice they can climb instead

 

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Reblog: from 7minutes.net

Reblog: from 7minutes.net

Frankly, I often find articles that state views better than I could. Rather than try to put the thoughts out there “in my own words,” I’m just going to reblog them.

It’s a quicker, easier way to keep the post-a-day streak on track.

And by the way, a pet peeve of mine is commentators (usually sports guys) who misuse the phrases “on track and untracked.” On track is good. Untracked is bad.  Like a train.

So, for my post today, I came across 7minutes.net’s “One Thing” post when I did a search for “Bible focus on one thing.”

Last night, I watched the season finale of “Knightfall” and the “extras” (short vids about the history of the Templars) available with it. This morning I got to thinking how, in another life, I might have been a historian – except for my inability to focus occupationally on just “one thing.”

reblogSo the first reblog is What’s the one thing the Bible says is important?
“Search the Bible for ‘one thing,’ and only 5 verses appear.”

Second, after poking around the site, I found Tim Farron’s resignation – Christians are now the heretics. The key phrase from this article that caught my attention is “As Christians, we need to learn to express our values and beliefs … with some humility, ‘more testimonial than dictatorial.'”

Thanks to mageewp.com for the Reblog image.

 

 

‘Tapping’ into “It’s Not About the Nail;” Everything or Nothing

‘Tapping’ into “It’s Not About the Nail;” Everything or Nothing

It’s Not About the Nail

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A few years ago, this video, “It’s Not About the Nail,” surfaced on YouTube. I find it amusing.

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It depicts a supposed difference between men and women: that women like to (or need to) just talk about problems and issues (like going on about a nail stuck in your forehead), while men just want to “fix” it.

small crossBut this morning, I realized that it summarizes another, non-gender relationship; the one between God (the Creator) and humans (the Created).

(And I also recognize another symbolism in a nail being the physical object.)

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