It’s funny how we preplan and arrange everything in our day, only to have the weather or some other unseen event reschedule it for us.
Do you ever take the time to really inventory all the blessings God has bestowed upon you? He’s ever watching, ever waiting, ever supplying, ever protecting and ever longing for our intimate time. So today all is well with my soul as I sit, watch, wait and listen for His voice. It’s a blessing to be a child of God and a follower of Jesus Christ.
The Lord reminds me by His presence and His Word to acknowledge Him in all my ways. He will then make my path straight. He is saying here in essence that in order to stay on the right path, we must have regular intimate conversation and time with Him. It is easy to get so busy with our schedules, that we forget to trust and seek the Lord, especially now with the Holidays approaching.
With all the fear driven media in our unstable world, it is easy for the enemy to try and lure us away from the wisdom of the Lord.
Consider the rewards of wisdom found in Proverbs 3:
“Do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Do not let kindness and truth leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
To not lean on our own understanding can prove to be quite challenging. The world teaches us from a very young age to reason and understand our environment. We are educated, so we can better reason and come to intelligent conclusions. We are trained to be self-sufficient and solve our own problems. Our natural inclination is to try and figure things out on our own.
The Word of God, however, turns our worldview upside down. The Lord commands us to trust Him and rely not on our own understanding. In order to do this we must truly be humble. We cannot be smug and just push on with our own agenda and then expect the Lord to bless us. We must not be wise in our own eyes. (Ouch! That hurt!) “We are to fear or reverence the Lord and turn away from our wicked ways. When we acknowledge the Lord in all our ways, He will bring healing to our bodies and refreshment to our bones.” (Proverbs 3:7-8)
Have you ever noticed when people are rushed or over scheduled; they tend to be unkind or just down right rude? Too many people today, including Christians, are just too busy being too busy, if that makes sense. Like Joyce Meyer teaches, many of us have the “What about me, what about me?” mentality.
Many of us are looking for the fountain of youth and/or holistic ways to live longer. I am all for holistic and natural ways of healing, but as the Holy Spirit reminded me; we should be very careful not to make holistic or natural ways our god. Natural supplements and vitamins are fine as long as we don’t put them before the Lord. The danger occurs when we put our faith in other things before we believe the Word of God. As the Scripture says we are required to acknowledge the Savior in all our ways:
“Do not forget the Lord’s teaching and commandments. For length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. (Proverbs 3:1-2) Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body and refreshment to your bones.” (Verse 7)
“How blessed is the man (or woman) who finds wisdom and the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver and her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire compares with her. Long life, is in her right hand, in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways and all her paths are peace.” (Proverbs 3:13-17)
Proverbs is filled with many glorious rewards of wisdom. The Lord becomes our confidence and he keeps us from the snare of the enemy. We are instructed in Proverbs 3:25 to not be afraid of sudden fear nor the onslaught of the wicked when it comes. Instead, we are told to be kind and helpful toward each other. We are told to be full of love and compassion towards those the Lord has put around us.
So this Christmas season, amidst the hustle and bustle of the world and the church, remember to stop and listen for His voice. “He is intimate with the upright.” (Proverbs 3:32-33)
Truly inspirational. reminds me of a song " when peace like a river attendeth my soul, when sorrows like seas billows roll. whatever my lot though hast taught me to say, it is well with my soul". regards Karen Govender