Scripture: Psalm 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple.
Observation: Being a ruler in ancient times was surely a complex task – requiring wisdom in a number of areas: religion, politics, warfare, economics, and so forth. Kings have always had advisers, but human wisdom is limited. We don’t know everything and we can’t be everywhere. It’s often hard for us to understand our past, much less see into the future. So God made things simple for the people. They didn’t have to know everything, they just needed to know God, making sure to follow his laws and decrees, seeking the Lord’s council when questions arose. In so doing, the Lord (who knows all) would guide them and assure their future.
Application: There are times when I feel overwhelmed by the complexities of life. There’s so much to know -and I know so little. That said, this verse reminds me that following the will and ways of God can go a long way toward making complex things simple. Feeling worn out? Honor the Sabbath. Financial issues? Tithe. Difficulty with people? Love your neighbor. I could go on.
The simple truth for me this morning? I create problems for myself when I refuse to do the things I already know. I resist God’s ways because I’d prefer to do something else. It’s like I’m looking for a loophole.
Prayer: Gracious God, in my own strength I cannot do what you ask of me because my sin always gets in the way. This is true for me and everyone who reads this blog. Give us grace to overcome our sin, our fear, our over-thinking, and do what we already know – for we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.