Monday, June 16, 2008

Proverbs 1

I'm going to skim over my long absence and just use this excuse, "I'm getting married." The countdown is at 52 days. So what's on my mind right now? Too many things... More important, what's the Spirit saying?

Humility. I'm realizing right now just how much of a sinner I really am. I am unfaithful, I am proud, and I like to please my own desires. And I hate it.

As I am attempting to switch my prayer room hours to mornings, I find I am unable to even control my own sleep schedule. I'm not even really attempting it, to be honest. I want to, but I have no follow-through. I stay up late browsing the web (mostly tech stuff), doing pointless things because I'm bored. So I stay up late, and then cannot get up early in the morning, so I miss my prayer room hours, which throws off my whole day, and the next night I am disappointed in myself, and bored, and so it starts all over again.

So what do I do? I call for help. God, I hate my lack of faithfulness, my boredom, my sin. And I can't seem to do anything about it, but you can! He's pointing me to Proverbs 1, and it's really touching me. I'll break it down a little...

Proverbs 1:1-4 contains the purpose for the rest of Proverbs -- all things that I really need in my life right now.

1. They are for learning about wisdom and discipline. Through proverbs we access the words of the spirit of wisdom and revelation (Eph 1:17), which teaches us about the ways of life (Ps 119).

2. They are for understanding words expressing deep insight. God often speaks through parables, proverbs, but sometimes he also is straightforward. The deep insight of God is tough to understand, but these proverbs bring understanding to God’s ways.

3. They are for gaining an intelligently disciplined life. By putting into practice the understanding gained by these proverbs, we obtain a life that is ordered by God. God knows his creation and knows what is the best way to live, and by living according to his blueprint, we can have life to the fullest.

4. They are for doing what is right, just, and fair. These words teach of justice, and are practical for moral decision making.

5. They are for endowing with caution those who don’t think, and the young person with knowledge and discretion. Mankind is not automatically endowed with wisdom, and without caution a life can be wasted. These proverbs will bring a thoughtful caution to life. It is ideal to take on these things as early in life as possible, but they are important for anyone.

And most of all, verse 7 is hitting me... "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom."

God, help me to fear you, help me to listen to your wisdom, strengthen me to obey!

And verse 23 is the promise he's giving me as I turn to Him -- "Repent when I reprove-- I will pour out my spirit to you, I will make my words known to you."


Adam Parker said...

Thats really good man. I think we need much more fear of the Lord today, I know I do.

And "getting married" is definitely a valid excuse.

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