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From the Pulpit: We figured it out!

June 9, 2013
By ELDER MICHAEL F. SMITH - Weirton Covenant Church , Weirton Daily Times

In Proverbs 3:5, 6 King Solomon says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him; And He will make your paths straight."

The Prophet states in Isaiah 55:6, 8, 9 "Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," declares the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts."

All across America right now many are celebrating the joyous accomplishment of graduation. They were tested and passed their final exam; they have finished a course of action. They are prepared to move forward and put the vast knowledge they have accumulated from their studies into action.

Ironic isn't it? Sometimes the more we know, the less we believe! Strange, don't you think?

We understand how storms are created. We map solar systems and transplant hearts. We measure the depths of the ocean and send signals to distant planets. We're learning how it all works! And for some, the loss of mystery has led to the loss of majesty! The more we know, the less we believe.

But knowledge of the workings should not negate wonder; it should stir wonder! Who has more reason to worship than the astronomer who has seen the stars? Why then should we worship less? We're more impressed with our discovery of the light switch than with the one who invented electricity. And rather than worship the Creator, we worship the creation!

No wonder there is no wonder! We think we have figured it all out!

I remember well my graduation. In high school I was an average student and worked hard to figure out my studies and gain the needed knowledge to pass the tests. It was hard work for me. Nothing came easy for me. So I sought the help of tutors. Through the help and patient influence of two friends, Dale Pickens and Eric Oritz, I gained more than knowledge, I discovered a meaningful relationship called friends. They both had things figured out. They were the class valedictorian and salutatorian. Through their example and relentless tutoring, they eventually helped me figure out something more important than knowledge; revealing to me the value of relationships that matter most. We became best friends. We have since gone our separate ways but the friendship we built has lasted a life time. So in all your figuring out, figure out that the most valuable knowledge you can gain is that of knowing Jesus. You may not know your GPA or class rank, but if you know The Lord He will tutor you to graduate with honors.

On our eternal graduation, Jesus will not test us on how much we know but He will examine us to see if we have figured out how to be good and faithful servants. Jesus isn't interested in your IQ, but He desires to know you and have a relationship with you. You can't figure it out but if you seek Him you will find Him.

The final exam is critical. The question I ask you today is, "Do you know Him with whom all of us will stand one day?"

Remember it is not what you know but Who you know that matters. Matthew 7:21-23, "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness."

King Solomon says it this way in Ecclesiastes 12:12, 13, "But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body. The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person."

Have you figured it out yet? Jesus is the answer to all life's questions! You can know Him today. If you can't figure it out don't flounder, get a tutor and you will pass with honors.

Put the majesty back into the mystery. Stand in awe at the wonder of knowing Him. Yes His ways are higher than ours, so put your trust in Him and look what The Lord can do.

Go figure! Amen

("From the Pulpit" is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)

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