Saturday, July 2, 2011

Proverbs 1 and 2

(You can click the heading "Proverbs 1 and 2" to read online.)
I love how much Proverbs talks about wisdom.  When I'm reading this book of the bible I tend to pray for wisdom a LOT more than when I'm not... let's face it, who prays for wisdom every day?  It's so simple to do yet we forget so quickly how important God's wisdom is in our lives.  When talking on the phone to an annoying sales rep, when someone cuts in front of you in line at Target, when the Starbucks associate sees you at the counter and keeps talking to their friend instead of helping you... praying for wisdom isn't always the first thing on my mind.  But when I do - WOW, what an attitude difference.  I think about the sales rep who would rather be home with there family then working at a job that they hate, or the person who cut in front of me because their baby is at home crying because they ran out of formula, or the Starbucks associate who is lending an ear to their friend who feels like they've hit rock bottom. 
Being fairly young I would say that wisdom doesn't exactly come easy to me.  "...They will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes..."  This is great to think of when you're sitting at home and your husband asks you to get him a soda and he's sitting just as close to the kitchen as you, and all you're thinking is 'well I don't think he would do that for me... I'm not his slave... who does he think he is?' (Let's face it we all think that at some point) so you say "get up and get it yourself!"  I know that I will eat the fruit of my ways!!  I can't control what anyone else does but I know that when I am kind and loving towards others, especially my husband, other want to give right back.  A good friend of mine said the most obvious yet simple thing to me not too long ago.  She said "when your cup is full and overflowing, you're not thirsty for love and attention, you're wanting to fill up someone else's cup."  So expecting your husband to fill your cup when his is barely half full is not very wise.  You have to be willing to overflow their cup first
and they will in turn fill yours.
It's no mystery why the bible talks about adultery and sexual immorality constantly.  It is all around us.  If we are not aware of it we can easily get sucked into a hole that we can't dig out of.  In chapter two verse 16 "[Wisdom] will save you from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words..."  This is something that a lot of people don't like talking about... until it's gossip because it happened to someone you know.  Well their is a spiritual battle going on and the devil sure knows how to ruin a good thing... and adultery is where he puts his advertising money.  This isn't just for men, but for women as well.  Pray for wisdom! Know your boundaries.  If you aren't sure if something is right then pray about it.  And if you still aren't sure then remember this : when in doubt throw it out!  Make a commitment to God that you will guard your eyes and heart and it will keep you from a lot of torment in the end.

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