Trust in the Lord

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 3:1-8

Personal pride is the greatest hindrance to spiritual growth. As humans, we have a tendency to feel superior. We think that we have all the answers and we can handle life on our own. We are very independent. The idea of depending on God is difficult for us to grasp. We want to solve our own problems. We want to take care of things on our own. Sometimes, we feel as if we have arrived. We feel that we have achieved a certain level of understanding. Yet, we wonder why we struggle so much. We continually search for meaning and purpose in life. We want to know what our path is. We want to know what we are suppose to do with our lives. The scripture tells us to trust in the Lord. When we trust in Him, He will direct our paths. He will give us purpose and meaning. He will show us what we are suppose to do. The problem is that we want to figure it all out on our own. We do not like the idea of total surrender to God. However, total surrender to God is a positive thing. It is the logical thing to do. The benefits of surrender to God far out weigh the risks. When you depend upon yourself you will fail. When you lean on your own understanding you will not make it. However, when you learn to trust in the Lord you will have good success. You will make it. Trusting in Him is a daily surrender. It is something that must be done on a moment by moment basis. Trusting Him with everything and in everything. Learning to trust in Him takes time. It is a process of growing and learning. Trusting Him more and more as you grow in your walk with Him. Stop trying to live life on your own, and learn to trust in the Lord.

What is God saying to me:

I love you. I care about you. I desire the best for you. Trust in Me. Allow Me to direct your paths. I know what is best for you. I have a plan for you. Just trust Me.

What should I do today:

Repent of the sin of not trusting in the Lord. Be aware of His presence throughout my day. When problems arise, don’t worry, give them to the Lord and trust in Him.

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Kept Safe by Wisdom

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 2:9-22

When you receive the words of wisdom and understanding you are brought into a sphere of safety. When you seek after God and long for more of Him, there is a preserving force that comes from God’s hand that keeps you in the right path. When you seek after wisdom, you will begin to understand the ways of righteousness. You will have discretion. Through such discretion, there is protection from the lures of evil. Those who forsake wisdom and turn after folly will find themselves at a point of no return. Once you plant seeds of sin in your heart and mind, those seeds are there to haunt you and humble you all the days of your life. If you follow after the lust of the eyes even for just a short time, the struggle with lust will permeate your life. No matter how wise you become, no matter how far along you are in journey with God, as long as you are in your sinful body, the seeds that you plant in your heart and mind will stay with you. It is a constant reminder of how far sin will take you. It is a constant reminder of your need for wisdom and discretion. It is a constant reminder of your need for total dependence on the only one who can free you from the chains of sin. A young soul rooted in the faith that has yet to experience the paths of the wicked should take heed to these warnings. Stay as far away from sin as possible. Do not even think to venture close to sins door. Once you do, it will attack you. It will come into you like a virus that will never go away. The only remedy is to seek after wisdom. Fill your heart and mind with God’s Word. Fight off the cravings of the flesh. There is no good thing that comes from sin. Let the wisdom of God rule in your heart. Stay focused. Keep your eyes fixed on God’s Word. The more you are focused on God and His Word, the more His wisdom fills you and the safer you will be.

What is God saying to me:

Stop flirting with sin. It will trap you. Once you plant seeds of sin in your mind and heart, there is no return. Those seeds will be in you until the final day of redemption. What you put in you will stay in you. So, fill your mind with my Word. Listen to my words of wisdom. Hide them in your heart. As you plant the proper seeds in your mind and heart, I will keep you safe by my hand. No evil will overtake you, if you listen to my instructions.

What should I do today:

Search my life. See if there are any seeds of sin that I have been planting in my life. Fix my eyes on Jesus. Fill my mind and heart with His Word.

Seek after Wisdom

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 2:1-8

The wisdom of God is something to be desired. We should long for it. We should hunger and thirst for it. In the days of John Calvin, people would often gather at the church on a daily basis to hear the Word of God preached. There was a hunger for the things of God. There was a hunger for the knowledge of God’s Word. The people wanted and enjoyed good expository preaching. Oh, that we would have such a longing again! What happen to the day when the pews were filled with people expecting to hear a message from God? The modern church has given in to entertainment and people pleasing. Strong uncompromising Bible preachers are despised rather than respected. People are turning away from the truth rather than turning toward it. We do not like conviction. We do not like to be told how we need to change. Wisdom and understanding comes from the mouth of God. He keeps our paths and preserves our lives through wisdom. We understand how to fear the Lord through the proclamation of wisdom from God’s Word. We cannot survive the Christian life apart from clear and convicting Biblical instruction. However, we must want it. We must desire it. We must seek after it. The wisdom that comes from God’s Word will transform our lives into the image of Christ. Do not despise it. Seek after wisdom.

What is God saying to me:

I have given to you numerous resources and opportunities to learn from Me. I have given you My Word for you to read and study in order to know Me more. I have given to you men of God to preach My Word and to teach you My truth. I have brought people across your path to help you, to mentor you. Listen to them. Listen to My Word. Do not despise My Word. Seek after My wisdom. Love it. Cherish it. Desire it.

What should I do today:

Take every opportunity I can today to read and study the Bible. Listen to solid Biblical preaching and teaching as I go throughout the day. Attend every church service available at my local church to hear God’s Word preached.

 

Listen to Instruction

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 1:8-33

The instruction that comes from a loving and Godly parent or respected person is very valuable. It is like an ornament of grace. Wise instruction provides protection from the trappings of this world. Without wise and Godly instruction, the enticement of sin would be too great to resist. When we do not heed instruction, we find ourselves enveloped by darkness. Sin will swallow us alive. It will ensnare us and trap us. Sin ultimately brings death. It will destroy our very lives. No one is above sin. Even the greatest of all believers is prone to the enticements of the flesh. God has given us His Word to protect us from sin. He gives us His wisdom in order to discern right from wrong. The wisdom of God cries out to us. It calls us to come and listen. It is a dangerous thing when we turn a deaf hear to the instruction of God’s Word. Do not turn away from wise instruction. Do not forsake what you have been taught. Embrace instruction. Pursue it. Desire it. Take heed to it. Without pure and wise instruction we are doomed to fail. Every time the Word of God is spoken or read, it demands a response. We must either obey it or rebel against it. You cannot ignore God’s Word. You must make a choice each and every day. Will you listen to instruction? How will you respond to God’s Word today?

What is God saying to me:

Listen to my Word. I have so much to teach you. There is so much that I desire to give you. I have much wisdom to impart. When you listen to my Word, you will be given the power to resist the temptation of sin. You will be given the wisdom to discern right from wrong. You will discover my best for you, if you will just listen to me. 

What should I do today:

Listen to the instruction of God’s Word. Take every opportunity today to listen and read God’s Word. Respond to God’s Word in obedience.

Cleanse Me

Scripture Reading: Psalm 139

This Psalm is one of my personal favorites. It describes the awesome power and greatness of our God. We learn of the attributes of God. He is omniscient (v. 1-6). He knows all things. There is nothing that we say or do that He does not know. He knows every thought that I have. He knows every desire. He knows every hurt. He knows more about me than I know about myself. He is also omnipresent (v. 7-12). He is everywhere at all times. I cannot escape God. I cannot run from Him. I cannot hide from Him. I am always in His presence. God surpasses time. He is not limited by time. He is everywhere at all times. He is in the past. His is in the present. He is in the future. God is also omnipotent (v. 13-22). He is all powerful. He created me. He formed me in my mother’s womb. He knew me before I was born. He has a plan for me. He can do all things. Those who come against me, my own sin that entangles me is no match for God. My God can set me free. There is nothing too big or too small for God. He can do anything. When I think of the greatness of God, I am compelled to pray as the Psalmist prayed (v. 23-24). Search me. Know me. Test me. Take away every wicked way in me. As the old hymn says, “Lord, take my life and make it wholly Thine. Fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine. Take all my will, my passion, self and pride. I now surrender, Lord, in me abide.”

What is God saying to me:

“I am your God. I am in control. Trust Me. Believe in Me. Allow Me to test you. Allow Me to cleanse you.”

What should I do today:

Ask God to search me and try me. Heed to the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Repent of and Remove all the wickedness and sin in my life. Meditate on His attributes throughout the day. 

The Beginning of Knowledge

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 1:7

There is a lot of truth found in this one simple verse of scripture. It is a verse that we should meditate on throughout the day. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” It is difficult to know and understand anything apart from a relationship with Jesus Christ. The world will grapple with all types of mysteries and will try to come up with answers to life’s toughest questions. However, they will never come to an understanding of anything in life without knowing the giver of life in a personal way. You can read all the books in the world. You can be a genius according to the world’s standards, yet, still know nothing. All the mysteries of life suddenly makes sense when you place your faith and trust in Jesus. Everything from creation to the existence of evil, pain, and suffering; it all makes sense when you know Jesus and His Word. Those ‘why’ questions that we often have are impossible to answer apart from faith in Jesus. Do you want to know how we got here? Do you want to know what life is all about? Do you want to know your purpose for being on this earth? Do you want answers? Are you searching? The answer is found in Jesus. Get to know Jesus and you will begin to understand life.

What is God saying to me:

Don’t trust in the wisdom of man. Stop trying to comprehend it all. Just trust me. Believe in me and I will open your eyes and will teach you and give you understanding.

What should I do today:

Mediate on this verse. Do not despise instruction as the fools do. Listen to what God is saying to me and showing me. Listen to His Word. Be open to learning new things that God would have me to learn today.

How to be Wise

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 1:1-6

The book of Proverbs is one of the most helpful books of the Bible. It is full of practical tidbits of wisdom. In our scripture reading for today, we find several key words to consider. The first key word is to know. The Hebrew word for ‘know’ has over 800 usages. In the immediate context this term referring to the knowing of wisdom both through instruction and through experience. Some of the greatest lessons in life come from experience. Instruction along with practical real life experience contributes greatly to becoming a wise person. Another key word is instruction. The lesson we learn from this word is our need to be teachable. It does not matter who you are, there is still more to learn. We can learn from each other and from God’s Word. A wise person is one who will listen to instruction. A wise person will pursue instruction. A wise Christian is one who loves to be taught God’s Word. He or she will love to listen to good preaching and will also love to read and study God’s Word everyday. A third key word is discretion. Discretion is the ability to discern right from wrong or good instruction from bad instruction. Discretion is the ability to make wise decisions. A final key word is hear. A wise person is one who will listen. We all need to learn how to listen. Too often we are so busy with our lives that fail to take the time to listen to the Holy Spirit and to others. We should learn to listen more than we speak.

What is God saying to me:

I love you. My will for you is that you will become wise. I want you to have knowledge and understanding and discretion. I want you to be able to share your wisdom with others. Listen to me. Listen to me speaking to you through my word. Listen to me speaking to you through other believers. Be teachable. Get rid of your pride. You do not know it all. Listen and learn.

What should I do today:

When someone speaks to me, listen to what they have to say. When I hear God’s Word, stop and listen. Mediate on God’s Word and have a teachable spirit.