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After the fallout: Finding God's path and reclaiming our faith...(part 4: the higher way...)

1 Hear my cry, O God;

listen to my prayer.

2 From the ends of the earth I call to you,

I call as my heart grows faint;

lead me to the rock that is higher than I.⁠1


There is a way that is higher that we as the people of God must find and walk in.

God’s path is not hidden - it will bear shown to us. If we seek we will find. We will find him when we seek him with all of our hearts. If we return to him, we will restore us. It is all there in His word. His heart is to be found by those that seek after it with all they have. God does not turn his back or look the other way when we seek him.

This higher way, is not simply one that looks down in judgement on the other ways. It is not the proverbial moral high ground that looks down with a sense of distaste for those perceived to be lower than themselves. Instead, it sees the larger picture and takes in all the that is going on. In other words, it sees with eyes that have have been instructed by God.

Those that seek and listen to God’s instruction are wise. Wise folks continue to learn and grow. They hear God’s truth and they change their lives to align with God’s truth. Fools on the other hand change God’s truth to fit their lives. (This simple break down of wise and foolish comes from Henry Cloud’s book, “Necessary Endings”) Those that walk the higher way are wise, they are learning and growing.

It could be said, that those that walk the higher way, can see beyond the apples and oranges of this world. The wise, see the table, the room the and the house. They see the big picture. And not only do they see the big picture but they also work for the good of those that across the spectrum. The more we walk God’s path, we are walking a higher way. Literally, a path that can see the other paths and can offer insight, wisdom and instruction.

Hear these verses from Proverbs 1:

3 They provide insightful instruction,

which is righteous, just,

and full of integrity.

4 They make the naive mature,

the young knowledgeable and discreet.

5 The wise hear them and grow in wisdom;

those with understanding

gain guidance.

6 They help one understand

proverbs and difficult sayings,

the words of the wise,

and their puzzles.

7 Wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord,

but fools despise wisdom

and instruction.⁠2

Wisdom comes from God, by respecting him and learning and growing. The goodness that we need (and the world needs) is not self generated, it is not learned on social media, via memes, nor is on twitter in short messages that push us towards our own bias. Wisdom comes from God, and God alone.

We find and walk the higher path by seeking God’s heart and God’s way. And yet, here is where it get’s tricky. Because we have our own ways, and a lot of time our ways do not match up with His ways…

1 The New International Version. (2011). (Ps 61:1–2). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

2 Common English Bible. (2011). (Pr 1:3–7). Nashville, TN: Common English Bible.

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