Sunday night my pastor taught on understanding Old Testament prophecy, using Matthew 2:13-15, “Out of Egypt I have called my son,” as a springboard. From Matthew, we flipped to Hosea, looked at verses in Genesis and Numbers, and returned back to Matthew.
It was some deep stuff. I think I can speak on behalf of the rest of my fellow church members when I say it blew our minds.
Why go there? Why struggle to understand the deep things of the Lord? Why seek to unravel mysteries that are hard to comprehend? Why do the difficult work of studying, thinking, and examining?
I’ve started reading Paul David Tripp’s devotional A Shelter in the Time of Storm, a series of meditations drawn from Psalm 27. Contemplating verse 11, “Teach me your way, O Lord,” Tripp gives two reasons that we should pray to be taught again and again and again by the Lord:
Depth. The wisdom of the Lord is deep and without boundaries. Giving ourselves to the study of His Word increases our worship as we realize the “depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!” (Rom. 11:33)
Danger. As Tripp says,
Every day a thousand voices speak into my life and the vast majority of those voices have not gotten the flowers of their insight from the wisdom garden of the Lord.
They tell me who I am. They tell me what life is about. They tell me how to invest my time. They tell me how to use my resources. They tell me how to conduct my relationships. They tell me what is true and untrue. They tell me what my goals should be. They tell me what the good life looks like. They tell me what I should be and do and want. They offer me a comprehensive system of wisdom that’s well thought through and attractive on many levels, but that competes with the true wisdom that can come only from God. It’s so easy to be taken captive. It’s so easy to have divine wisdom corrupted by human wisdom. It’s so easy to breathe in the polluted air of a culture that no longer actually thinks that God is, let alone that he is wise.
So, why do the difficult work of plumbing the depths of the deep things of the Lord? Because fools despise wisdom and instruction (Prov. 1:7). Because His ways are higher than our ways (Is. 55:9) Because as we determine to seek Him, we will find Him. Because our (albeit limited) knowledge of things too hard for us to understand moves us to humble adoration of the only One wise. Because it is our joy as His beloved children to know Him in ever increasing intimacy.
And, because we are at war. Because the lies of our world are so pervasive and so attractive and our flesh is so weak and so given to deceit, we must seek the Truth. We must long for the wisdom of the Lord. We must have a humble, teachable heart that begs to be taught so that we may stand despite our enemy’s schemes.
Determine to be a student of the Word of God. Marvel over the depth of the Lord’s wisdom and arm yourself to face the danger of our world system. As you pray, “Teach me your way” you will find that is a prayer the Lord delights to answer.
making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding;
yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,
if you seek for it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding…