Proverbs 4:1-2

1 Hear, O sons, a father’s instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, 2 for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching.

 

The idea of gaining the insight and perspective of God Himself can and should be intimidating. We are approaching the Ancient of Days, the one who dwells in unapproachable light. To do so casually is a fools errand. As it is written, consider who you approach and let your words be few. 

But this all powerful Creator has also shown Himself to be a good and loving father who cares deeply about you. To Him you may cry, “abba” or dad. 

Jesus struck the balance between these two perspectives perfectly when He taught us to pray, “our Father”, intimate and close, “who is in Heaven”, high and exalted.

He is all knowing, all powerful, so He is able to provide the wisdom we need. He is also loving and kind, so He is willing to provide the wisdom we need.

Theologians call this concept the “transcendence and imminence” of God. As you pray for wisdom, keep this balance in mind.

Jesus struck the balance between these two perspectives perfectly when He taught us to pray, “our Father”, intimate and close, “who is in Heaven”, high and exalted.

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