It doesn’t take much in the way of observation to see that these are very volatile times. However, to keep things in perspective we should also realize that they may not be anymore turbulent than any other era, but due to the access to immediate information sources, we are more aware of the volatility. Bringing war right into your home as it happens can make it seem like the end is near every day.
Hidden, If you Want
As we grow along in our personal development, our expertise in dealing with a variety of matters seems to become a little more esoteric (mysterious). The Bible confirms this in I Corinthians 2:7-8 – “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory; which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory.”
The real tragedy is that anyone has access to such insights if they want them and they sure can come in handy when living in turbulent times. However, we have to admit that turbulent times on the grander scale aren’t such a worry as much as the turbulent times on the smaller scale. Those are the things that really determine the quality of our lives. If we can somehow relate how we are living to something that is fully within our own control, we are almost there; that is tapping into what some consider a mystery. Regardless of what a person may believe, self-control relates to control over events of self.
For most people it isn’t that our reactions or responses are invariably wrong; it is just that they are unfortunately shallow. Things remain hidden or mysterious to us, only as long as we allow them to be. Some people don’t want to understand because they are afraid that if they do, they might discover how unreasonable they have been. Yet, that is the key to really be able to make a difference in any venue.
Don’t waste your time by praying or hoping for “things” to change; they probably won’t, at least they aren’t likely to if you stay in such shallow waters. By not really taking a deeper look, David left himself and those that were with him out of place and it nearly cost them everything. He was working for the Philistines and was going out to battle with them (I Samuel 29:2). He’d forgotten what his business was; he was out of place. The Philistine leader Achish and his princes had more sense than David. They said, (paraphrasing) what is this guy doing here?; it isn’t like him (I Samuel 29:3-5).
Take a Deeper Look
When David is wisely sent back from marching to battle with the Philistines to the land given him by the Philistines, he finds everything, his family and all his belongings gone (I Sam. 30:1-3). He messed up because he had lost touch with his own identity (in God). However, that crisis brought David to a major crossroads as described in I Samuel 30:6 – “But David encouraged himself in the Lord His God.” After this time, David is reflective, decisive and fully in touch with who he was designed to be. David would make other mistakes, just like the rest of us, but he never forgot where he could go to get encouraged, to get back on track and to tap into that hidden wisdom that is available to anyone that truly wants it. It says David encouraged himself in the Lord His God. Encouraged in this context means he fastened himself to God; he was attached, he was committed, he had found himself. What you attach yourself to has a large part in determining who you are. Attach yourself to people that love you and want the best for you and you will do well; you’ll tap into the hidden mystery and for you it won’t be a mystery any more.
This column is the opinion of Dr. M. Hildon Guy, President of the University of Christian Studies and Seminary in Eagle River and a board member of Love INC of Eagle River.