Monday, May 2, 2016

Psalms 14:2 -- On Understanding and Seeking God

"The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God."
Psalms 14:2


I like the clear connection here between understanding and seeking God.  I think that is a very real connection in our lives.  The more we learn and understand about life, if we truly understand it on the deepest level, the more we will seek God.

We, of course, are often tempted to do the opposite.  We learn more, and unfortunately can start thinking that we are super cool and know it all, and start listening to God less.  Extra knowledge is a good thing, but pride isn't, and thinking that we're cooler and smarter than other people, and especially thinking that we're cooler and smarter than God... that's pride.  Pride gets in the way of almost anything, but it especially gets in the way of understanding and perspective.  We let our heads get so big that we can't see the reality in front of us.

Today, as we learn, let's remember that understanding goes hand in hand with seeking God.  If we think that our education is leading us in other direction, let's inject ourselves with a little humility, and get down on our knees and talk to God about it.  Obviously, we have choices to make and consequences to deal with in our lives, and God will never take that freedom away from us.  But before we walk away, let's kneel.  Let's remember to put God first, let's let go of our pride, and let's make sure we truly understand on the deepest level.  If we do, we'll never walk away from God, who is the source of all light and truth.  We'll instead walk towards him, seeking him with all of our hearts.

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