Recently I have ask my friend, Mildred Bean, for five points of wisdom from her years of walking with the Lord. For the past 10 years or so we have been on many prayer journeys and even to other nations together. I have recognized deep wisdom in my friend, and have invited her to share that wisdom with you.
As I read these five nuggets of wisdom, I felt that rather than sharing them all at once, they should each be shared in several posts so that you can glean from them individually. Hope you are Blessed!
My dear friend, Ruthie, asked me to write and share some of the precious nuggets that I have found over the years of relationship with the One Who saved my soul in 1977. I can sincerely say, “what a friend I found in Jesus”.
The first and most precious nugget to me has been to understand and set my heart to walk in the “fear of God”. As a young Christian, I heard Joy Dawson at a women’s retreat teach the whole weekend on the “fear of God”. It became such a foundational stone in my walk with Him. Proverbs 1:7 states, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” and Psalm 111:10 says, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.” The Hebraic definition of “fear” is to reverence (stand in awe) and to dread. If we don’t reverence Him, we will dread Him! There are blessings upon those that fear Him (Psalm 112:1). He will direct us in our choices and paths; He will give prosperity and inheritance; He will deliver us; He will show us His secrets and His covenant (Psalm 25: 12-15). Anyone want blessing? Fear the LORD!
Another nugget is to “trust and obey”. Life is going to be difficult at times. I personally have had my difficult times. My husband went home to be with the LORD at the age of 41. We walked through some tough times with finances and our children, but I had to determine that I would trust Him because He is trustworthy and keep on obeying Him. I often reflect on Isaiah 55: 8-9, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Most of us have been brought up with a Greek mind set when reading the scriptures. That mindset causes us to try and reason everything out. However, the Hebraic mindset is to believe and rest in the fact that He is God regardless of whether I understand something or not. When I was growing up, we used to sing the hymn “Trust and Obey”. The words say it right, “trust and obey, cause there is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey”.