Bible Reading Blog
Bible Reading: Proverbs 4
“Get wisdom; get insight; do not forget, and do not turn away from the words of my mouth.” (Proverbs 4.5)
Kelsey and I recently got gym memberships to the YMCA. We have been talking about getting back into shape for some time, but we hadn’t done anything about it. We finally got to the point where we knew it wasn’t going to get any better until we signed up and made the commitment.
For us, to begin getting back in shape meant we needed to do something about the desire we had. The first couple of weeks have been tough – making time to go, planning what we will do, etc. – but it has been rewarding thus far. The beginning of something always seems more difficult because you have to build on the commitment; but we know it will pay off in the long run if we stay committed.
I have observed that when you want something bad enough, it will prompt you to action. This is the father’s encouragement to his son in Proverbs 4, regarding wisdom. “The beginning of wisdom is this: get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight.” (Proverbs 4.7)
If you want to grow in your walk with the Lord, it starts with a desire to know God, and it develops when you get to the work of getting wisdom. No one ever accomplished anything without rolling up their sleeves and doing the work. More often than not, our spiritual growth is not a knowing problem, it is a doing problem. Sometimes we just need to quit making excuses and get to work.
Have you been struggling to be consistent in your bible reading? Don’t set yourself up for failure by planning an intense, year-long daily bible reading. Commit to reading a couple verses every day this week. Your goals don’t always have to be long-term. Give yourself objectives that are attainable to build your confidence. Every journey begins with a first step.
Whether you are taking the first step or the next step in your walk of faith, consider what action you need to take, and do it!
Bible Reading: Psalm 1
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore, the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. (Psalm 1)
Being “blessed” can mean a number of different things. Typically, people say this when they’re in a season of joy. It’s a way of saying I’ve got everything I need — financially, physically and emotionally, and I feel great. And certainly, we are blessed by God in those ways.
But the psalmist doesn’t point to stuff, or things, or comfort as the reason for being blessed — he says a blessed life is one that has confidence and surety in the future because of what God has said. In a later Psalm we are told that the Word of God is eternal— it stands firm (Psalm 119.89).
When you listen to God and live life his way, the psalmist says you’ll be like a tree planted by the river. It literally has constant access to its source of life and strength, and as a result it is strong and established. God wants us to live our lives with this sort of confidence. To not worry about the daily stresses of life but to know that we can be constantly connected to Him through his word.
Jesus reminds us: Don’t worry about your life — what you will eat, drink, wear — God knows what you need. But seek first the kingdom and his righteous and all these things will be given to you (Matthew 6.25-34). If we trust that God is going to give us exactly what we need, what do we have to worry about? The living waters are constantly beside us and they aren’t going anywhere! They constantly flow to give help and confidence in the future.
Being blessed means God removes the stresses and turns around and blesses those who plant themselves next to him.
Do you want a blessed life in 2019? Delight in the fact that Almighty God has given you the way to life — through his word, Jesus Christ, the Savior; and commit yourself this year to read it and trust it and live it.