Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge….
This is a new day! I love to daydream about what lies ahead for me and my family. How will today be different from yesterday? What things will we accomplish? Whom will we meet? Will our lives look different tonight when you lay our heads on our pillows and close our eyes?
As a new day begins, I encourage you to do something different. I encourage you to commit yourself to discovering what God thinks about any decision you need to make. These words from Proverbs say it all: “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge….” In this verse the word “fear” doesn’t mean to be afraid of God, it means to have reverence for God, to understand that He alone is the God of the universe. Because He created everything, including you, He knows what is truly best for you no matter what decision you need to make.
Today, why not start seeking God’s knowledge? Ask God to teach you whatever it is He wants you to learn today and reaffirm to Him your desire to seek His true knowledge in every decision you make.
Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.
Taxes. Every country has them and people are always complaining about them. If you have never looked at the information on your check stub, consider doing so. There you will see the money that is taken out of your wages to pay taxes--local taxes, state taxes, federal taxes, and Social Security.
Sometimes it doesn’t seem fair. We’re the ones working hard for our wages and yet we have to give so much back to the government. God’s Word tells us to pay our taxes. Even Jesus instructed the Pharisees that taxes are to be paid to the government (Matthew 22:15-22), telling them, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar.”
While the Bible tells us that we are to pay taxes, there are times when mistakes are made in doing so. If you have questions about your taxes, be wise and seek out someone who can help you understand your situation. Seek out someone whom you know is trustworthy, someone who knows the tax laws, and someone who knows that paying taxes honors God’s word.
I will lead the blind down a new path,
guiding them along an unfamiliar way.
I will brighten the darkness before them
and smooth out the road ahead of them.
Yes, I will indeed do these things;
I will not forsake them.
There have been many times in my life when I have felt like I was standing in a pitch-black room. I didn’t know if there was a light switch to flip on or a window or door to open; all I knew was that at that particular moment I was in a dark, unfamiliar place.
Have you ever felt like that? Maybe things are happening around you that are causing you to feel confused about your next step in life. If that’s where you find yourself today, know that this verse from Isaiah is for you.
No matter how confused you are or how dark the future might look, God knows where you are and what you are going through. He promises to “brighten the darkness” before you “and to smooth out the road ahead” of you. And on top of those great promises, He promises to never forsake or forget you!
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.
A man once found a butterfly cocoon. The cocoon had a tiny hole in it. The butterfly was struggling to squeeze itself through the tiny hole. It struggled for a while and then stopped. The man, wanting to be helpful, took a small pair of scissors and made the tiny opening bigger, so that the butterfly could get out of the cocoon more easily.
Unfortunately, what the kind man didn’t realize is that butterflies have to struggle through the tiny opening on their own. By struggling through that tiny opening fluids from the body are forced into the butterfly’s wings making it possible for the wings to be strong enough to carry the butterfly in flight.
There are times in our lives when we, too have to struggle. The Bible tells us that we can rejoice when we have problems and struggles because those things will help us develop endurance. Endurance builds character and character strengths our assurance of our salvation. The most encouraging part of the verses above is that we do not go through difficult times alone because God loves us He goes through each struggle with us though His Holy Spirit.
Christa is the founder of Teen Mother Choices and Teen Mother Choices International.