READ : Nehemiah 5:14-19
But I did not do so, because of the fear of God. (v. 15)
Worldview. It’s a term that gets tossed around in academic and religious circles with ease. Yet most people still ask, “What is a worldview?” A worldview is the means by which we interpret, evaluate, and judge reality. It is the all-encompassing lens through which we view everything in our world.
For believers, our worldview starts by turning to almighty God for wisdom and understanding (Ps. 111:10). We look to his Word, the Bible, for instruction (Ps. 119:105). We pray to God, asking for wisdom (James 1:5). We allow the Spirit of God to transform us and our understanding of the world, by the renewing of our minds (Rom. 12:1-2).
Nehemiah offers a good example of a person whose worldview was God-centered. Read through the entire book of Nehemiah and take note of the way Nehemiah bases all his decisions and important actions on his relationship with God. When given the chance to perpetuate the history of corrupt leadership by the Persian governors of Judah, Nehemiah refused to leverage his political power for personal financial gain. His God-centered worldview would not allow it! “I did not do so, because of the fear of God.”
Is a healthy fear of the Lord at the center of your worldview?
Lord, grant me your wisdom and understanding to help shape my view of the world.