Day 3! I hope you all are feeling as inspired as I am! I love when God’s Word really hit deep and speaks to me in ways I would never have thought possible.
Trusting in the LORD
My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying. Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. Then He will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine. My child, don’t reject the LORD’S discipline, and don’t be upset when He correct you. For the LORD corrects those He loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. She offers you long life in her hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly. By wisdom the LORD founded the earth; by understanding He created the heavens. By His knowledge the deep fountains of earth burst forth, and the dew settles beneath the night sky. My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them, for they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace. They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble. You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the LORD is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap. do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” Don’t plot harm against your neighbor, for those who live nearby trust you. Don’t pick a fight without reason, when no one has done you harm. Don’t envy violent people or copy their ways. Such wicked people are detestable to the LORD but He offers His friendship to the godly. The LORD curses the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the upright. The LORD mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble. The wise inherit honor, but the fools are put to shame!
What have I taken away from this chapter today:
Today was a rough day for me in general and all day I was reminding myself that God has me right where He wants me to be. This chapter reminds me to grip onto His Word and His promises always. In order to have true satisfaction, I must store His commands in my heart. God’s wisdom surpasses all, this I tell me heart daily. Again I am reminded of when I correct my children and the fact that they often do not like it. I know it is for their own good and that I have their best interest at heart and I know that they will see it that way as they get older. I think the same is true for God and myself. I am often not comfortable with the correction and convictions I feel, nor do I understand the reasoning behind everything. The good news is that I don’t have to. All I really have to know is that my God is for me and has my best interest at heart, therefore I can trust Him in all things.
Another lesson I have been learning this year is in regards to honoring the Lord with the best parts of what I produce. My husband and I decided that we really needed to tithe regularly. Previously it was not so consistent and not the first thing we would think about. Finally we got to the point where it was just time to do so. I punched it into the budget and it was great, until we experienced a loss of income soon after. We prayed and were loyal to His commands and God just had been blowing us away with His provision. Every single time we look at our budget and struggle with how we’re going to make ends meet, we just do. The funds we need cone through in various ways and all I can do is sit back in amazement. I’ve heard people testify to this type of work being done in their lives before and I’ve read the promises God gives in this area many times. To live it and see it happening weekly has blown my mind. God is so good.
When my soul needs regreshing, all I need to do is remember. Remember His promises, remember how He’s delivered me before and know in my heart that He will again. Remember to trust Him in all things, to write His very words on my heart and wear them around my neck as the jewels they are. To let go of my need to understand and to give all control over to my Lord knowing that He will show my the way. To know that I am a child of God and that He offers His friendship to me is so much more than I ever imagined it could be.
My prayer today:
Father, today I ask that you continue to work on my heart and to deepen my knowledge of Your ways. I thank you for the perspective and wisdom You have already bestowed upon me and expectantly await for more. I know that You are a loving God who cares for His children and I pray that I remember that always. In Your Son’s precious name I pray these things. Amen.