2. Becoming Wise
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear. – Thomas Jefferson
The question is whether we will reserve the right to decide whether God Almighty is the final authority, or whether we are. Well, maybe it’s not that simple. God did give us the freedom to choose. That’s the freedom that Adam and Eve exercised. That’s the freedom that Led to the fall of all mankind from grace, in the Garden of Eden.
God has placed a value on our freedom to which He apparently gives preeminence. The fact of the matter is that He will permit us to choose Hell as a final destination, rather than override our day-to-day choices. This is at the root, by the way, of my vehement resistance to “big government”. Even God, who has every right to demand compliance, values the freedom of the individual above the value of said compliance.
For myself, the only one for whom I actually have the right to choose, I will serve the Lord. Trustworthy – according to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary (online) – means “reliable”. Statute is just a synonym for “law”. The last article in this series pointed out that the purpose of the law was the restoration of our relationship with God and with our neighbors. Therefore, this passage is telling us with no uncertainty that the things that God has told us regarding the restoration of those broken relationships is RELIABLE.
Further, if we pay attention to what he is telling us, we will be wise in a realm where most are simple. Simple in this context is roughly akin to the modern assessment of “clueless”. When everyone else doesn’t get it, if we lean on what God is telling us, we will be wise.