Proverbs Challenge Day 8

Sorry this is a day late.  Yesterday was a prime example of how The Evil one can push and pull to take you away from what is important.  God and seeking His wisdom.  I apologize.

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Proverbs 8: 1: Does not wisdom call out?  Does not understanding raise her voice?

Wisdom is there for the finding we just have to seek it.  It is on the path  in front of our feet.  That is one thing I learned about God long ago, He wants us to seek Him. It requires stillness.  I know what you are thinking, I barely have time to read the word, let alone still and be still thinking nothing or Okay God.  I started the same way I get back on track with reading His word, a verse a day, or a minute a day.  Then gradually increasing how much I read, or in this case; how long I stay still and listen for God to guide me.  On some occasions God guides me immediately.  On other occasions, I have to wait days even weeks to hear His Guidance. It depends on how quickly I need to know.

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472 words about Distraction

Distractions, they are everywhere.  It is important to set time for God’s word. But there are so many distractions. I want to set time for the word, but things get in the way.  We are out of groceries so I need to make a grocery order. The clothes are dirty. Oh it is time to make a meal. I just need another cup of coffee then I will be ready. The truth is studying the word is just like everything else in our life, we have to make time for it.  God knew we would be distracted, that we would forget.  In Deuteronomy 6:6-9, we find that God told us to write it everywhere.

 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Once we make time for God, we will find it easier to make time for the other things in our lives. Just like paying tithes, it works. Proverbs 3, tells about putting God first. It tells us that putting God first, will give us peace and prosperity.

Want to find out, try it.  Put time aside each day for God. Does it have to be first thing in the morning?  Well, I know that it works for me. What if I am not a “morning” person?  I get that, and I have compassion on the matter.  Many people are not morning people. However, putting God first really does mean first.  What it doesn’t mean is that you have to set aside a large study time. 

In today’s world, it is easier to put God first. Instead of looking at whatever you look at first thing in the morning on your phone, look at that Bible app. First read the verse of the day.  Guess what, you have just put God first. Putting God first does not mean that we have to carve out large chunks of the day.

It just means that we have to first focus on God then everything else will flow. Is that first verse of the day enough? Not if you really want to understand the word; but it is a great start. If you aren’t a morning person, that is fine.  But find some time, start slow 10 minutes and build from there. Intentionally set aside some minutes to pray and read the word.  At first it will be hard, but eventually you will find it so much easier. It is just like any other good habit, one step at a time.

 

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