Dear Hope Family,
I trust that you have enjoyed and benefited from our brief journey through the Psalms this summer as much as I have. These precious, crucial passages from God’s Word have granted us a primer on “the language of the heart”. I have been reminded throughout of Martin Luther’s praise for the Psalms and their unique positioning in Scripture to “teach us how to speak with earnestness, to open up our hearts and pour out what lies on the bottom . . . to speak earnestly amid storms and winds of every kind.”
To pour out our hearts in prayer to God who made us for himself, redeemed us from our sin, and welcomes us as his cherished children is a necessary part of what it means to be Christian. Yet it is not the only part of being a Christian. We are called to live in God’s world as His image-bearers, to build His Kingdom, to usher in His grace and truth in a broken world.
How in the world do we pull that off?
For the next three weeks, we will take an even briefer journey through the book of Proverbs – opening our eyes and ears to the helpful, timely instruction it offers. Proverbs equips us not to avoid the same world that produces the anxiety, lament, guilt, joy, vulnerability, fear, and depression that drive us to God in prayer but rather to enter into it. Proverbs instructs us how to live in the broken world as redeemed people who have been armed with wisdom and courage for whatever we face.
With all the confusion and chaos of economics, race, sexuality, gender, politics, and technology swirling around us and inside of us, I cannot think of anything we need and crave more than wisdom. Information is at unprecedented accessibility. Turning that information into discerning wisdom is at a premium and hard-won.
The beautiful, emboldening promise from God’s Word is simply this, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5).
Let us join our voices together over these next few weeks to ask this generous God for precisely what we lack and let’s praise Him for His gracious provision!
Grace and peace,