Saturday, July 9, 2011

Proverbs 8 and 9

Proverbs 8 talks about wisdom.  "... to fear the Lord is to hate evil..."  This means that you can not love God and love sin together.  When you choose to follow Jesus you are choosing to do your best to follow Him in every aspect of your life.  Whether it be at work, and choosing not to gossip any more, or with your husband choosing not to bring up past arguments, or with your children choosing patience and love.
In Proverbs 9 it talks about wisdom and folly.  Wisdom is not as appealing as folly, of course.  It's so much easier to follow the one that pleases your senses immediately as apposed to the one that pleases your mind first.  "...Leave your simple ways and you will live; walk in the way of understanding..."  It is clear that when you are in sin, you are doing what is easiest... you are selfish, or rude, or short-tempered, or secretive.  But if you leave that life, you will live.  If you choose to live for God, you not only get the reward of eternity with Him but you're life here on earth really begins.  When you turn off the T.V. and sit down at the dinner table with your family, and you start investing into others' lives, you become a much wiser, happier, and less sinful person.  Looking to God to have His hands in every part of my life teaches me that there is so much more than instant gratification which leaves us empty and hurt.  It's like a credit card - you want a new big screen T.V. so you figure since you can't afford one now then you will put in on a credit card... once you continue to give yourself those instant rewards, you're left with thousands of dollars in credit card debt and you can't even enjoy the things that you bought.
I know that Proverbs encourages us to seek wisdom a lot, but I am gong to use it as a reminder to keep on praying for God's wisdom and seeking it. 

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