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)