The Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. It is first pure, peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, and without hypocrisy. This wisdom is available to anyone who lacks it and asks for it. God gives generously to all without finding fault.
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord. It is not the kind of fear that paralyses us but a holy fear to keep His Word and commandments. It is trembling at His Word, humbly following His instruction, having a contrite heart, and seeking to live a holy life.
Those who find wisdom and gain understanding are called blessed. They are more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. Wisdom is better than jewels and all desirable things cannot compare with it. He who gets wisdom loves his own soul and he who keeps understanding will find good.
Proverbs 9:10, James 1:5, James 3:17, Proverbs 15:33, Isaiah 66:2, Proverbs 3:13-14, Proverbs 19:8, Proverbs 8:11
The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” – Deuteronomy 31:8
Moving to Eastern Europe was a big leap of faith for me and a new season to experience God’s grace in new ways. Though uncertain of my future here, I decided to submit to my husband and follow his decision in settling to his home country. I left Asia, my job, my home, my family and friends, and my beloved church.
Before I left, I received so many prayers and words of encouragement and blessings from my loving friends and pastors. Many of them assured me that God goes before me and prepares everything for me. Knowing that so many prayed and will keep praying encouraged me a lot to face an unknown future.
On the first week upon my arrival, I had the opportunity to rest and meditate on the changes I have to embrace as well as pray and wait on God. I asked God for specific things just like a daughter would do to her father. First: a community of faith who can journey with us. Second: friends who will encourage us to grow deeper in the Lord. Third: a job in the capital city.
Thirteen days later, God surprised me with a teaching job in one of the international schools in the capital city which I happen to get by randomly sending my CV’s to well-known international schools in the city. I came for the interview and to my great delight met the first Filipina who paved the way to my quick employment because of her excellent teaching performance. We later found out that she is also a Christian and invited us to the only international church in the country.
I taught summer course to a group of students for a month which I enjoyed a lot. And then I was given a month and a half holiday which I plan to use in learning the language, meeting new friends and preparing for the next academic year. We also began travelling to the West, South and East and I am so amazed not just by the beauty of the places we’ve been to but with the friendliness and generosity of their people. God has blessed us with awesome friends everywhere we went who also loves Jesus. It deeply encourages me and assures me that indeed God goes before me and prepares everything for me.
God is growing me and increasing my faith. His answers to my specific prayers prove His goodness and faithfulness to me. I can only boast in His love and grace and thank Him and praise Him greatly.
I encourage you to listen to one of my favorite songs for all seasons. Indeed, we have such a good Abba Father who loves us so deeply, whose ways are perfect, who gives unexplainable peace and comfort and never leaves us nor forsake us. He goes before us and prepares the way for us. He desires only what’s best for His children.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork. Psalm 19:1
I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Psalm 145:1-2
All your works praise you, LORD; your faithful people extol you. They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might. Psalm 145: 10-11
Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the heights above. Psalm 148:1
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Psalm 96:11
God, You are beautiful beyond description. Your creation declares your glory and magnificence. How awesome is the work of your hands, O God. You are perfect in all of your ways. May your praise continue to be on our lips. We exalt you for You alone are worthy. You deserve the highest praises and honor.
So blesssed to be a part of an evangelical church that has prayer and the Word of God as its foundation. Every first Wednesday of the month, the people of God gather to seek God and pray together for the Body of Christ to be strengthened and protected and for the Kingdom of God to advance in the nations of the world.
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 2 Chronicles 7:14-15