Monday, June 2, 2008

Cover to Cover: an adventure in Proverbs



Do you ever think about wisdom? I don't know that I think about it overly much. For the most part, I run willy-nilly through my day, dashing hither and yon, putting out fires, starting new ones, tending to things that can't be ignored, ignoring things I hope will go away, and so forth and so on.

I've been wondering lately what exactly I am going to take away from this year when I finish reading through the bible. I know that I will come away with a sense of accomplishment because I finished a task. I'll be glad for the friends I've made on the journey. I'll probably have a better understanding of the bible itself. But I'm not sure that's enough. I think I want more. I want His word stamped so deeply into my heart that my very being shouts of who He is. I want to:

Be careful of what I think because my thoughts run my life. (Prov. 4:23)

To sleep in peace because I hold onto wisdom and good sense. (Prov. 3:21-24)

To keep my eyes focused on what is right, and look straight ahead to what is good. (Prov. 4:25)

To act knowing that the Lord considers my ways and my path. (Prov.5:21)

To use knowledge when I speak and to think before I speak. (Prov. 15:2, 28)

To trust in the Lord and to know that my happiness comes from Him. (Prov. 10:19, 16:20)

To control my temper and be patient. (Prov 16:32)

To forgive those who have sinned against me and then keep my mouth shut about it. (Prov. 17:9)

To not start quarrels. (Prov. 17:14)

And the list goes on. My heart sings within me as I realize that the Father has put all of these treasures before me. And if I hide them in my heart, seek His face, and follow the path He has set before me, I will please Him.

What about you? What do you want to take with you when we finish this year? Will you be a different person? Will you walk closer to Him?



I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will never be shaken. Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him. (Psalm 62:1,2,5)



4 comments:

annie's eyes said...

I'm with you. I want more. More of Him. I love how you can take all that we have read and summarize so succintly, saying the important and heart-felt truths. You have wisdom. And one of the most precious things I will take from the study is the sisterhood of seeking Jesus. You are a gift to me. Love, Annette

Ang baylis said...

I also want more of Him! I want people to look at me and know there is something different. I want them to see Jesus in me with the love and acceptance that could only come from Him! This is a great question, one that I will think about for the next few days! Thanks again for your kind words regarding my sister!
Much love, friend!
Angie xoxo

Bev Brandon said...

Karen, you did an unbelievably touching job on this. I loved your honest heart. I hope and pray you walk away from God's Word at the end of this year a little more solid in Him, more hungry than ever, and connected to HIM in ways you never imagined. For Titus 1:1 says the Word transforms us...the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness! And you are, and you will be!

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