Finding God's Best
"Where is the man who fears the Lord? God will teach him how to choose the best." Psalm 25:12
If someone asked you today, "Do you want the best in life?" What would you say?
Chances are, you'd say, "Yes, of course!"
Why, then, do we chase after that which is less than God's best, all the imposter bests—the things this world has to offer? Why are we so easily distracted and lured away from God's way?
The Scripture above tells us why. It tells us the simple truth in a single question, a single sentence: "Where is the man who fears the Lord?" The Greek Interlinear of Psalm 25:12 reads, "What man [is] he that feareth Yähwè? Him shall he teach in the way [that] he shall choose."
Being no expert or theologian but simply one who believes and has chosen to follow Jesus, I humbly believe this passage says, even shouts, so much in-between the lines.
First, I believe the fear mentioned here is the reverential fear of God. If we have true reverence, true fear of God, then we will hang on His every word and want to follow it.
Second, if we don't fear God, then we are not teachable. We think that we, ourselves, the culture, or some other source might have something to contribute to the knowledge or understanding of what is best. God and His Holy Spirit cannot teach a person like that how to choose the best because they do not see Him as the final authority.
And third, I believe this verse is telling us that very few people really fear God. This is because the culture all around us is teaching us just the opposite. In the Holy Bible we read about Daniel purposing to not allow himself to be corrupted by the culture. He was intentional about spending alone time with God. Jesus, Himself, spent alone time with the Father. If we want to fear God and allow Him to teach us His best, then we must separate ourselves from the corruption all around us, allowing Him the time and opportunity to teach us!
What a delight that the Lord God Almighty would, even longs, Himself, to teach us!
"Be delighted with the Lord. Then he will give you all your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him to help you do it, and he will." Psalm 37:4-5
Human goodness will not get you or me to heaven or help us choose God's best. Working in the church or being a church member will not help us choose God's best, either (1 Corinthians 8:1b).
"But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." Matthew 6:33
May we fear God, allowing Him to teach us His best today.