Links Daily Devotional

Links Daily Devotional editor Jeff Hopper talks with Links Players president about what lasts in our lives.

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Backward Thinking, Part 4

For in many dreams and in many words there is emptiness. Rather, fear God. (Ecclesiastes 5:7, NASB)

It doesn’t work to tell a golf story from the future. We have a name for that: boasting. Our pie is in the sky until we show that we can pull it from the oven and serve it up at the county fair.

Of course, we can boast in the past, too. But if we have hung around the same golf buddies for long enough, they’ll bring us back to earth. For every memory of success we offer, they can counter with a laugher. That’s what friends are for!

But either way, we are dealing in words. Oh yes, we can get to enjoying some good bluster, trading goofy memories and self-assured “next times.” We look both backward and forward dreamily, carving out with cleverness moments that have never happened the way we remember nor will ever happen the way we anticipate. In this way, honest men and women are the staunchest of realists.

When Solomon considered the way people let their imaginations and tongues run amok, he laid down the simplest of reversals. Fear God. They are two brilliant words that drop us down in the midst of today. Let’s take them one at a time.

To fear can mean either “to be afraid of” or “to demonstrate reverence for.” Though the ideas may be exclusive, in many cases they are related. For instance, when you encounter a fence marked DANGER: HIGH VOLTAGE, you respect what is behind that fence because it has the power to destroy you. The same has been true among the societies of earth for millennium, most of which have been governed by a single controlling leader. Even the kindest kings possess ultimate authority in the land, and crossing them wrongly can lead to severe consequences. This is the blending of being afraid and being reverent.

And then there is God. His reign extends to the ends of his creation, so that he is the King of kings, the one who establishes and deposes all earthly authorities. Moreover, he has authored a code of conduct that cannot be attained in our own accomplishment, but yet is to be pursued for the sake of the one who did attain its standard, Jesus.

Coupling the two and pointing our reverent fear in the Lord’s direction promotes clarity of purpose, sobriety in approach, and right attention to the present day.

Jeff Hopper
November 6, 2015
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