“My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, And find the knowledge of God.”
Proverbs 2:1-5 NKJV
It is easy to go through life and find oneself caught up in the daily routine, busy and rushed, taking no time pause and reflect. In the chaos and noise, the blessings of God can easily be missed.
There are so many things that can divide our attention, and draw us away. Periodically, the Lord brings circumstances into life that serve to force us to pull over and stop. I had such a time in my own life when I went through the blessing of cancer 16 years ago. I say blessing, because during that time I came to fully realize the power, presence and love of God more than at any other time.
Somewhere in that crisis, I encountered Proverbs chapter two, and the Lord provided much need instruction to my heart. Prior to that moment, my attention to Scripture was hit or miss, and certainly more miss than I care to admit.
In the darkness of that season, the word of God became a light, guiding me to true treasure, what has become my most cherished thing. I had made sure to bring my bible with me into the battle.
On my second day, I read the words and I was instantly captivated. I read them over and over, as they hammered my heart, and held my attention. That passage became my focus.
I think back to all the things I have made my treasure over the years, and nothing has so held me like the word of God. Day after day, during the season of trouble, I awakened and put on music and opened my bible.
I was like miser counting pennies, as I examined wach word, and dwelled on its meaning, and prayed over it, as the Lord tore through my stoney heart. I marked up the passage and scribbled notes, in the hope of capturing that moment.
Brothers and sisters, let us value the word today, as we seek the Lord. He has given us treasure. All too often we seek the things of this world, which are passing away. We invest, and seek, and even set our identities on things that rust and decline in value.
My brothers and sisters, we are the “people of the book”, those saved by Jesus, set apart by God, and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Let us be attentive to wisdom, incline our hearts for understanding, and crying out for discernment. When the word becomes the focus of our pursuit, we develop an understanding and fear of the Lord.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
Proverbs 1:7 NKJV
We are living in unprecedated times, and none of us has any understanding of what is happening, or what is to come. God knows. Because of that, I will be clinging to the word, and seeking Him daily.
Along the way, I will tell people of His goodness, of His mercy, of His overwhelming grace. I will seek to live a life that proclaims His glory. If I fail, I will try again.
Oh, God! Dim the things of this world, that they not outshine your glory in my feeble, sin soaked mind. Make me a new creation, renew my thinking, and keep making me new!
“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”
Philippians 1:6 NKJV
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