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.

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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.