We’ve missed a few days, days, sorry.
I see we have a choice. We can CHOOSE wisdom. We don’t have to wait for it to come to us, we don’t have to hope it stumbles upon us. We can choose to pursue it, we can choose to live with it. Isn’t that great? I don’t have to hope I’m lucky enough to one day deserve it, I can choose to go after it now. On the other hand, I could choose folly too… I hope not.
“But correct the wise, and they will love you. Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more.”
How do I know if I’m going after wisdom? If I’m maturing in it?
If I love correction, if I yearn after instruction, if I want to be taught, more and more, each day.
I might be headed in the right direction, but I’m definitely not there yet. I can’t say I LOVE correction. Room for improvement I think.
It was late yesterday by the time I sat down to write, and I almost did. I pulled up a blank page, and was about to write. Just a sentance or two, I had no energy to write more than that, but I had to write, I couldn’t fail. Then I stopped. I never want to write out of obligation, or out of duty. I never want to blog because I should. I want to write from my heart, I want to write honestly, and I want to write whilst being all there, I don’t want to give you my leftovers. So I didn’t write, and I didn’t count myself a failure. Instead I woke up day to treat it as a new day, and I new beginning.
So here we go… Day 5, Proverbs 5
Well this chapter seems to be all about marital faithfulness, which believe me I am ALL for. Seriously trampled on promises, and broken marriages suck for all involved. Thank God for forgiveness, grace and His healing.
I am single, never been married, not once, honestly! So my question is, what truths or principles are in here that I can learn? Three things I think:
1) Wisdom is important (I see a theme here!) I need to really take it on board.
2) The sin before me may look and seem wonderful, sweet, fun, and harmless; but in reality it’s not and it will end in disaster if I follow it.
3) God sees all I do, there’s no hiding from him. Scary, when I’m out to disobey him, to shame him, he’s there, he knows. Comforting, there’s nothing I’ve done he doesn’t know, nothing I need to hide from him, nothing he isn’t willing to forgive. Nothing that will stop him loving me.
Those are my lessons from Chapter 5.
What are yours?
Here we are, day one, and I’m running late… I have 10 mins to write this before the day is over! So today will be a quick one. I’ll just make a comment on a few verses that stuck out to me.
Here are some verses that stood out to me:
Verse 2-6 (MSG)
“A manual for living, for learning what’s right and just and fair; To teach the inexperienced the ropes and give our young people a grasp on reality. There’s something here also for seasoned men and women, still a thing or two for the experienced to learn— Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate, the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women. “
It clearly states that this book is for everyone. It doesn’t matter how clever, or how simple I think I am, this book contains truth and wisdom I need to hear. Words that will strike my heart. Words I need to learn to live by. Does that make you enter the next 30 days with trepidation? It certainly does me, it’s going to be a month full of lessons!
Verse 7 (NIV)
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
To begin, I need to fear the Lord. I used to think I feared the Lord, I thought I had a healthy balance between love and fear. I think I was wrong. The past couple of years I have begun to fear the Lord more… but I wonder if I still have a ways to go. Every time I ignore, every time I am disobedient, every time I just can’t be bothered, I wonder, is that a lack of healthy fear?
Verses 20-12 (MSG)
“Look, I’m ready to pour out my spirit on you; I’m ready to tell you all I know. As it is, I’ve called, but you’ve turned a deaf ear; I’ve reached out to you, but you’ve ignored me.”
Wisdom is ready to impart to us, help us, pour on to us, but so often I don’t want to hear. How true is that? We don’t like what we begin hearing, it’s hard, or it cuts to our heart and so we stop listening. We drown it out with busyness, with noise, with food, with exercise, with whatever, we drown it out. When we’re forced to hear, how often do I listen and then do the opposite? I need to learn to listen and take on board.
Verse 27 (MSG)
“What if catastrophe strikes and there’s nothing to show for your life but rubble and ashes? You’ll need me then.”
Oh yeah, when life turns sour, how often do I cry out for some understanding, or knowledge, or wisdom? And I don’t know the answers because I didn’t do the work on the normal days.
Verse 33 (AMP)
“But whoso hearkens to me [Wisdom] shall dwell securely and in confident trust and shall be quiet, without fear or dread of evil.”
Finishing on a promise. Listen to wisdom and we’ll live contentedly, assuredly, and peacefully. I’d like to live like that.