My son, do not forget my law,
But let your heart keep my commands;
For length of days and long life
And peace they will add to you.
Let not mercy and truth forsake you;
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart,
And so find favor and high esteem
In the sight of God and man. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Proverbs 3:1-4 (NKJV)
I know many (myself included) who have been blessed to read and meditate on a Proverb each day. There are 31 Proverbs so it seems a good fit to read one each day. Give it try this summer which means you will read each Proverb three times over the months. I am willing to say that without a doubt you will learn something new each time you read that same Proverb.
The writer of Proverbs says at the beginning that the purpose in the book is to gain wisdom and discipline and understanding so as to lead a life that is just (Proverbs 1:1-7). It is foolish to reject wise teachings and yet how often we cross our arms and declare that we don’t need help and we can do it ourselves! Just how has that been working out for you? Yes, not so well for me either.
My husband and I have entered into a new ‘season’ in our lives and it is wisdom that we are asking from God more than any other request. We ask it for everyone that we lift in prayer. Whether the initial request is for financial relief or physical healing or relationships, it is wisdom from God that directs in right paths and right words and a right heart. Wisdom is seeing beyond my human abilities. It is asking God to give His knowledge to me regarding a situation and then following that knowledge even if I do not understand what I see with my eyes or know with my own mind. Yes, it is directly linked to my faith and trust in God. It may cause me to pause and ask, â€œHas God ever let me down?â€.
I have a notebook that I write down prayers and answers and some of my conversations with God. It helps me to write it down. It can clarify my emotions and bring in God’s voice more distinctly. I love to read back over some pages three months, six months, even a year later. I see God’s ways and His answers that I may not have known when I was in the thick of the situation.
Whether it is following a specific Scripture plan, writing in my notebook, using the Christmas cards I received to pray for people, God uses many ways and many things to build our relationship. He wants our time together to remain fresh and our time together to be something that I looked forward with anticipation. It is not a repetitive ritual that I can do with little thought. It is a vital part of my moment-to-moment life! It truly is Life and Breath to me.
Take time to get quiet and just allow God to â€œdownloadâ€ His wisdom and love into your life today.
Let It Rain by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, sung by Michael W. Smith