Wisdom. Wisdom is available to everyone. And yet, so many times, we turn away from wisdom because it disagrees with what we want to do. That desire to do what we want to do will bring out the childish behavior within us.
And then we complain. We complain about the consequences that come upon us and we want the Lord to take them away from us – to not lay out our secret sins before us.
The Art of Complaining. Those are words the Lord gave me a couple of weeks ago. I have the words written down and I have looked at them every morning contemplating why God gave me these words.
We do tend to complain, a lot. Just get out and read a little on social media – it will consume you.
Moses is speaking of the people complaining – whining. Not wanting to face their secret sins and wanting God to take away the consequences of choices. Human behavior hasn’t changed much over the years.
And yet, in verse twelve, Moses mentions our numbered days and the need of wisdom. That we should desire wisdom to make our days better. The wisdom to do good and to be kind. To be considerate of others.
We wither beneath your anger; we are overwhelmed by your fury.
You spread out our sins before you—our secret sins—and you see them all.
We live our lives beneath your wrath, ending our years with a groan.
Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty.
But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble;
soon they disappear, and we fly away.
Who can comprehend the power of your anger?
Your wrath is as awesome as the fear you deserve.
Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. (NLT)
We have a tendency to want to close our eyes so that we don’t see what is going on around us. We cover our ears so that we don’t have to be made aware of our secret sins. And then we close our hearts so that we can’t understand. That we don’t have compassion for one another. It is like accepting fraud statements. (It speaks of this in Isaiah 44:18-20, but in order to get the whole concept, you need to read the words around those verses too.)
Father, I thank you for these words of wisdom this morning. I thank you for the reminder of how easy it is to start complaining – whining about situations and the desire to blame it on others and even on You. Father, I pray for the desire for wisdom. The desire to see and to hear and to place these reminders from You deep within my soul. Help us as your children to desire more of You – more of Your Ways and Your Thoughts. Help us to realize that our days are numbered and that the choices we make everyday matter. I love you, Lord. I ask this in Christ Jesus’ name, Amen.