Proverbs 1:32-33 “For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.”
Ever met a ‘know-it-all’?
Those are the ones that despite having no experience or knowledge, can tell you exactly how, what, when, where, and especially the why of a thing. They are the ones always to have the last word. They come across with condescension in their voice and believe wholeheartedly that they are right despite evidence to the contrary.
We tend to avoid them because all efforts to correct them, help them or even elude them never quite work out. But have you ever considered that we may have that spirit as well?
I say that because there have been times when I have read a passage of scripture multiple times, I feel as if I have exhausted its ability to speak to me. Such is the case with the Book of Proverbs.
Many of us have been admonished to read a Proverb-a-day to receive the wisdom God has for us and to feed us with food convenient for the day. Yet, after a few years of the same readings every 30-31 days, week after week; month after month, and year after year; we feel we have drunk to the dregs the cup God has for us in Proverbs.
We convince ourselves we know all there is to know about Proverbs.
I have had to remind myself that in those times; God is in the details. I have had to pray:
“Father, forgive me for thinking I know all there is to know about your Word. Cleanse me from this spirit of pride that deceives my heart into believing I have arrived to know all there is to know about this book of Proverbs. Teach me to come to your Word expecting to learn; looking for that nugget of wisdom, that pearl of great price. Help me to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit as He desires to teach me, to lead me, and to guide me through his life.”
Often, when I read Proverbs now, I read it multiple times to make sure I didn’t gloss over something God intended me to find.
Our devotional reading in the morning can result in nothing more than a checkmark on a piece of paper recording an act of duty. Reading God’s Word should be more than that!
When you and I can come seeking for treasure; looking for the truth for my life today, or seeking what it is I can get to give away, then what I do every morning takes on purpose.
Every morning, I come looking, seeking, searching for something – first for my soul, then, for something to share here on Daily Manna. I must follow in that order or I will have misplaced what I believe what God truly intended. He wants to walk with me whether or not anything gets written for Daily Manna or not.
Others depend on me being spiritual, having the touch of God on my life. I don’t say that for self-importance, but as a sobering reminder that what I say, and what I do, affects everyone around me.
You may think so little of yourself that no one would miss you if you were gone – that couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact that you are God’s child places such extreme importance on your existence here. You have a purpose and works to complete that God foreordained that you and I should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Our reading of God’s Word should be to get from God for what it is He intended. To grow us, to correct us, to keep us safe, and to maintain our relationship with Him.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
Take on this day with the knowledge that there are yet things to discover, mountains to climb, uncharted waters yet to be sailed. All with the understanding that God goes with you every step of the way!