By guest writer, Julia Phillips
“Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, would have none of my counsel, and despised all my reproof, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their way and be sated with their own devices.” - Proverbs 1:29-31
Have you ever had someone wise speak into your life? When I was a new parent, my parents warned my husband and I that our precocious daughter needed more boundaries and more discipline than we were giving her. It took some humility to heed their counsel, but we understood that they knew more than we did, and we chose to listen.
Just as we may trust a good parent, choosing the fear of the Lord can be as simple as trusting God and trusting his ways above our own ways. The wisdom we receive from him enables us to make godly choices in everyday life.
However, there are often other voices that crowd out the voice of wisdom. We turn to the opinions of others to know how to handle a situation or how to think about a conflict. Sometimes that’s good and God uses people to speak to us. But often, we run to other people first because we want an immediate fix or we doubt ourselves. The next time that you need understanding or insight, exercise discipline and go to the Lord first. Pray and ask him for wisdom.
Whom do you go to for counsel—a friend, Facebook, Google, or God? If you fully esteemed God as the source of true wisdom, how would your life look different? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
Let's face it, the Christian life is hard. Relationships take work. Christians forget. Sometimes it is tempting to go back to the days when God was not the center of our lives - to backslide. We are all faced with tremendous pressures to drift away from intimacy with Jesus and the community of the Church. However, the Lord invites us to pay attention, to move forward, to draw near, and to live lives of worship. Draw Near: Hebrews on Christian Worship is a small group Bible study on the Book of Hebrews intended to lead participants into a deeper intimacy with the living God in the context of New Testament worship. Draw nearer to God in authentic worship today!
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