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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Wisdom of Godly Experience

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by Pastor Tim Burt


The wisdom of experience does give insight and perspective that often proves to be valuable to life. This is especially true when that wisdom of experience and insight comes from a Christian who knows the Lord and has lived their life learning of and walking out God’s Word. We see David commenting from his experience in 1 Kings 1:29. “…As surely as the LORD lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble…”

When you read about King David and his life, you can’t help but think of great faith and adventure. He passionately loved and learned of God from the time he was a boy. He studied what was taught about God by those that preceded him. He learned what Moses had learned and said, “O Lord GOD, You have begun to show your servant Your greatness and Your mighty hand, for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do anything like Your works and Your mighty deeds?” (Deu 3:24) David learned this and believed it.imagesConsequently he walked out things that God had led him to do with great faith. He believed that God would always be there to instruct, guide, and bless him in that which he put his hand to for the Lord.

People that passionately love God like David did often become people who accomplish great and mighty things in the earth. 2 Chr 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself mighty on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.” These things may be invisible to those that don’t know about or care for God, but God notices and does not forget as Heb 6:10 verifies; “God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.”

David wanted to accomplish much for the Lord and he did yet, even at the end of his life, Satan still opposed him trying to stir up trouble. He was stirring up trouble by trying to put someone on the throne of Israel besides David’s son Solomon. David didn’t panic. Out of the abundance of his heart, these words spilled forth, “As surely as the LORD lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble…” What powerful and faith filled words those are to spill forth from the mouth of someone. Those are the words of someone who has experienced God’s help first hand. David spoke these words by faith before He knew the Lord from a lifetime of experiencing the God’s faithfulness personally. He had his entire life to look back on and see how God had delivered him from trouble time and time again. He could look back on his life and say, “The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; He is their stronghold in time of trouble. The LORD helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in Him.” (Psa 37:39-40) He would also say “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor His descendants begging bread.” (Psa 37:25 )

I believe To-Thank-and-Trust-God1we all have testimonies of God’s touch and imprint upon our life that we can share with others. We are also wise when we pay attention and listen to those who like David, have learned much and experienced much. Has what you’ve experienced helped solidify your trust and faith in Him? That’s what experience is supposed to be – a teacher and confidence builder!  They are to help build our faith so that we also learn to instinctively spill words of faith and trust in Him in any trying situation! So, let’s all say this together and mean it! “…As surely as the LORD lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble…”1 Kings 1:29. 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 
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