I’ve become more aware lately of how many costly mistakes I’ve been making by not taking the time to stop, take a breath, and think—and by my inclination to think too much.
Am guessing you’ve noticed, as I have, that inspired words meet us on both sides of the road. The first Psalm urges us to meditate day and night on the story and teachings of the Five Books of Moses. Then Solomon, a collector of thoughtful proverbs, reminds us to trust in the Lord with all of our heart without relying on our own understanding (Prov 3:5-7).
We’ve been considering together how Jesus gives us a new (restored and refreshed) way of understanding all things.
At 12 years of age, he amazed teachers of Moses with his thoughtful questions and understanding of Scripture (Luke 2:46-47). Later, as he began his 3 years of public teaching he began by turning the thoughts of his people’s expectation of a liberating Messiah and kingdom of God— upside-down and inside-out (Matthew 5:1-11).
Yet he did so with inexpressible humility and insight, later adding,
“By myself, I can do nothing”… and…
“Without me, you can do nothing”. (John 5:19) (John 5:30) (John 15:5).