“I will give thanks to You
as I learn Your regulations,
which are based on your righteousness.
I will obey your laws.
Never abandon me.”
If you’ve ever spent time in a foreign country, you know how much goes on in normal life there that seems strange. You’ve stepped into “their world” and it may take a while for you to even realize how different that world is. For example, you may rent a car from the airport in London, but you quickly notice that the steering wheel is on the “wrong side” of the car, and everyone there is driving on the “wrong side” of the road. Unless you make a very quick course adjustment, you’ll soon find yourself on the “wrong side” of the law. But it’s their world,and YOU are the one who needs to make the course adjustments.
God’s Kingdom is completely different from our world on this earth. But it’s HIS World, and guess who needs to make the course adjustments when you enter into it!!
The first few years that I stepped into the desert world of the Saharawi, I was not thinking about how their world operated. I was operating in my world. I couldn’t understand why they did the things they did, especially because I thought myworld, myways were better. I would usually end up standing before some leader there in tears, because nothing had worked out the way I had planned.
Guess who needed to adjust the plans??? I had come with all the details worked out of how this would go. It was a GREAT plan! But it was as if, in showing my plan to God, He patiently looked it over, then kindly crumpled it up and tossed it over His shoulder. With a wink and a smile, He took my hand and proceeded to walk me through the Plan He was already unfolding.
I not only had to look to Him for His Plans, but I had to become a “learner” of the Saharawi’s world….how they did things….what they valued….how their world worked. And after many years of frustration, I began to discover the wisdom and realities of their world. Life became much less stressful and much more fruitful.
God’s regulations are perfect. Period. He put it – and us – together in the first place. He knows how it – and we – best work out on this globe and in His World. To run around in this life, doing what we think is best . . . what we want life to be, how we want things to go, will most likely not go well. As we live in His Kingdom, we must be willing to learn. Life in His Kingdom is SO different from the kingdoms of this world. We don’t know how to do it. We need to posture ourselves as “learners” of His Kingdom. His ways, His Laws, His regulations will be absolutely perfect, as He is Perfect. And as He kindly gives us understanding, insight, patience, and countless “2nd,3rd,4th, gazilian” chances, we begin to understand the incomparable benefit of following His Ways.
Notice how this verse ends. . . a plea for what matters most: “Never abandon me.” There is no comparison of this world to His Kingdom. He promised to never leave us….never abandon us. Stop fighting what He has set up for our good. Hold tightly to His Hand, as He holds to ours, and trust Him as He shows us, step by step, how His Kingdom works….the Kingdom into which He has invited us.