Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; whoever is discerning, let him know them; for the ways of the Lord are right, and the upright walk in them, but transgressors stumble in them. (Hosea 14:9)
Faith Is Knowing The Lord Is Right
Wisdom and being able to discern the matters of life will separate those who find fulfillment in their lives and those who will find only misery and hopelessness. Society is divided by those who live according to their own laws and judgments and the few who believe the word of God to be truth. The Bible is the mind of God revealed to all men and from the beginning of time has sought to give man everything he needs to be happy, filled, complete and hopeful. When God created the world He filled it with the abundance of things man needed to find comfort, peace and happiness. It was not until sin entered the world that misery, pain and suffering afflicted man and has continued unabated since then. Returning to Eden reminds man of what life was like before the wiles of Satan destroyed the relationship of God and man. Adam and Eve were told not to eat of the forbidden fruit and the consequence of their actions confirmed that God was right. Satan lied – not God. Everything the devil says is an untruth compared to everything the Lord establishes is truth. The ways of the Lord are right. Nothing God has done has been the wrong decision or the wrong way. When He cast Adam and Eve out of the garden it was because it was the right thing to do. Man in his sinful state could eat of the tree of life and live forever. This would not be a good thing for humanity. When the Lord came and destroyed the entire world save Noah and his family, it was the right thing to do. Whether anyone can understand how evil the world was at the time does not matter in the mind of God because He knew the depravity of the hearts of men. His judgment required punishment for their rebellion and sin and the flood was His answer. Every time the Lord took a punitive action against a nation (Egypt), a people (nation of Israel) or individuals (Nadab and Abihu) it was the right thing to do. Conversely all the good things God has done were the right things to do. It was the right thing to save Adam and Eve when they disobeyed the clear command of God. Telling Noah and his family how to save themselves was the right thing to do. Forgiving David of his sin with Bathsheba established the righteous character of God. Ultimately sending His only begotten Son into the world to save all men was the right thing to do. What other sacrifice could God have given but His Son? The ways of the Lord are right.
Understanding that all of God’s plans are right is where faith begins to grow in the heart of the disciple. Wisdom and prudence or discernment is where the value of the word of God enters the heart of the believer. If a man desires to obtain the greatest wisdom available to humanity it will come from the word of God. Knowing the righteous judgment of the Lord will give man a discerning heart to know the truth about life. God created man in His own image implanting on his soul the atoms of belief that when cultivated will bring forth greater knowledge and understanding of his world. The Bible is not given to man simply as a book of information but volumes of knowledge to help man find his way in life before his Creator and his fellow-man. All the principles of divine truth answer the age old question of why man exists, what his purpose in life is for and what is beyond the vale of death. No other book can give those answers. Unequivocally the Bible is the one book revealing details about man that could not have come from the mind of frail men but a divine being who lives and abides above all men. The ways of the Lord are right and knowing what the will of the Lord is gives wisdom to man and the ability to discern what is right and wrong. Historically speaking all of the failures of men has come from ignoring the wisdom of God. Take any period of time and whenever nations fall and communities fail it is because the wisdom of the Lord has been rejected and men try to find truth in themselves.
There are two classes of people in the world: those who are righteous who live by the word of God and those who are transgressors who refuse to accept divine law as their guide. The wise and prudent accept the word of God as truth and all those who refuse to accept the word of God stumble and fall in their own folly. Hosea the prophet lived 700 years before Christ and 700 years after the Law of Moses. The truth of his word stands as a testimony to the eternal wisdom of God through the ages that declares to all generations that faith comes from hearing the word of God. Who is wise? The man who understands the will of the Lord. Who is discerning? Those who accept the word of God and seek to know the measure of His knowledge. Building faith can only come from believing that everything God does is right.
- Kent Heaton