“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7 KJV)
An orbit. It is an interesting thing. The planets in our solar system follow an orbit based on the gravitational pull from the sun. Many of the planets have moons that similarly have an orbit based on a gravitational pull to the planet that they are encircling. The odd thing is that this order takes place without the lesser body having to exert any particular management to maintain it’s course. The gravitational pull from the greater body naturally keeps the lesser body in a perfect course for cycle after cycle after cycle. When God created the lights in the firmament of the heaven, He gave them meaning. They were for signs and seasons (see Genesis 1:14). They maintain the ability to have signs and seasons, the ability to maintain their course, and the meaning for which they were created by the simple surrender to the pull that constantly changes their course such that they do not continue off into the depths of space, i.e. Inertia (see Newton’s first law of motion.) There is quite a difference between a planet or a moon and an comet. Although comets do have some type of orbit they seem like they streak through the sky aimlessly until they burn out. Something that does not appear to have a course, a season, a sign, and generally is not typically even useful as a long term navigation point. How true the words of David are. When you lack God as the center in your life, that constant correction to stay on course is missing. “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” (Psalms 14:1 KJV)
The tragic thing is that when you do not have God as the center of your life, you not only lack His plan, His course, and His purpose, but you can mistakenly think that you can make a plan, a course, and a purpose on your own. “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26 KJV) How many people sail through the fullness of God’s creation in the vast array of meaning and design only to feel empty and alone because they want to be like the creator yet they focus on their management capabilities and cannot understand the simpleness of surrender to the one that is omnipotent (see Revelation 19:6). It may seem a noble thing to seek and search, yet when we fail to seek Him first it is not only ultimately futile; it is deceptive. Sure, instruction is a great thing, but if it is not rooted in the foundation of the Lord as our rock and cornerstone then it cannot result in knowledge. It will always be a study in mechanics and never a real understanding of meaning. It is amazing how even the giant comets can be corrected with the smallest and smoothest of rocks that have God’s direction.
“And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.” (1 Samuel 17:44 KJV)