Genesis 41; Mark 11; Job 7; Romans 11: Proverbs 8
“Now therefore, O sons, listen to me, for blessed are they who keep my ways.
Heed instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it.
Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts.
For he who finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the LORD.
-Proverbs 8:32-35, NASB
That is wisdom speaking, and I would be wise to listen. Throughout Proverbs there is a comparison between the ways of the wise and the ways of the foolish. Now none of us wants to be the fool-so we better listen to wisdom. But I know how foolish I can be when left to my own devices. That is why I so desperately need this time every day in God’s word-to gain wisdom and heed the Lord’s instruction (If I do not know what He instructs how can I ever hope to “heed it?”) I know all too well what happens within my heart and mind and body when I neglect this time. Let me clear at this point; making time in my day to spend sitting at the Lord’s feet and listening to His word (Luke 10:38-42) is not a legalistic ritual for me-my salvation is not dependent upon it, I come because I love the Lord and want to know Him more, I come because I desire to follow Him in obedience as I go about my day, I come because I want to be more like Christ every day, I come not out of duty, but desire. It is a joy for me to sit at His feet and listen to His word. How many, many times has my sorrow turned to joy, has my pain been released, have I learned how to pray for a situation, have I had my bad attitude adjusted, have I been freed to forgive others…and myself. I almost hate to admit that my family could always tell if I had neglected this time for I approached the day differently-and it was obvious to those who lived with me. I can hear the voices of my sons even now- “Mom, did you read your Bible this morning?” I know I am a different person after my time with the Lord; and should that be a surprise? How can we spend time with Him and not be changed?
Grace, peace, and mercy,