by Randy Chambers, 2014-05-06
Psalm 61:4, NIV: I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Selah
Do you lead a sheltered life? As long as you stay near to God, you will be exposed only to what He allows. Worldly wisdom might see leading a sheltered life as a bad thing--something that hinders personal growth and development. But consider the growth of a tree. Would you help a tree to grow by giving it gasoline instead of water? The Creator knows what a tree needs to flourish, as He also knows (better than we) what we need to develop according to the way He created us. The wisdom of this world would have us believe we are missing out on something if we remain beneath God’s sheltering wing. But, "the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight” (1 Cor. 3:19), and “the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom” (1 Cor. 1:25). A teenager, in his or her immaturity, will often opt for the opinions of peers above the wisdom of a parent. Isn’t it amazing how we can think we are all grown up, when so often we pay more attention to the limited wisdom of human reasoning above the everlasting Wisdom of God.