Good morning, Ladies!
I wanted to get our reading plan for the week up as quick as possible today:
Proverbs, chapters 6-10
Read one chapter a day as you spend quiet time with the Lord. Reflect on His Word, talk to Him and let Him lead you. I wanted to take a moment and recap on last week's reading. My family has had a rough 2 weeks and it has caused me to be more sporadic with posting here, so please pray for us. God knows our prayers and He is in control!
The first five chapters of Proverbs has been a classroom of wisdom. It would be so easy for me to look at each and every verse and discuss them all here, because they are so rich in what we need. But, for time's sake, I will have to pick and choose a few of my favorites. :)
Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. ~ Proverbs 1:7
True knowledge comes first, from complete reverence and awe of the Lord. Without a redemptive relationship with God we cannot fully know wisdom as He desires for us to obtain. Fearing the Lord comes in a progression from our own actions:
1. Being taught about God- reading the Bible and attending a Bible teaching church
2. Learning about God - There is a difference between being taught a subject and learning something from it. You have to apply yourself to be able to learn something. You study it and you strive to know more.
3. Fearing God - This can only come from what you have learned. You cannot fear the Lord without knowing who He is and what He has done for you.
4. Knowing God - This is a personal, intimate relationship between you and the Lord Himself.
5. Imitating God's wisdom - When you truly know the Lord, you can't help but to live out His wisdom in your own life. When we fear the Lord, our words, attitudes and actions should express that. Will we do it right every time? No, we will stumble, but our desire should always be to obey the Lord and live out His will for us.
Chapters two and three are full of direct blessings that come from gaining wisdom. Seek wisdom. Pray for it. God will grant you wisdom, it can only come from Him(Prov. 2:6-8). Wisdom keeps us from temptation(Prov. 2:10-20), it brings a satisfying life(Prov. 3:1-2), it brings physical strength and healing (Prov. 3:7-8) and it brings joy (Prov. 3:13).
Many times in these few chapters, Solomon mentioned that He was taught these things by His parents. That is so powerful to me. Solomon's parents were two imperfect people who wanted to serve the Lord. They taught their son to love the Lord and to serve Him. As a mom, that means so much to me. If I want my children to "fear the Lord" and to gain wisdom, I have to teach them. I have to fervently and diligently teach them God's Word. I have to live it out in front of them. God has to be a priority in my life if I ever want Him to be a priority to my children. God has taught me that this week. I have to teach my children and anyone else who is watching my example, so that they can learn about God, fear Him, know Him personally and imitate God's wisdom in their own lives.
I'm praying for each of you this week! Keep reading!
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. ~ Proverbs 4:23
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. "
Hi! I'm Andrea, wife to my handsome hubby, homeschooling mama to my 5 amazing blessings (with one more on the way), and daughter of the King of kings. I am so glad you have stopped by my little piece of the web. My prayer is that the Lord will use this blog to encourage you in your personal, daily walk with Christ.