I am attempting to do daily readings, which can be difficult at times. Where do I start? What page do I turn to? I don’t understand this. I need someone to explain it to me. I get to a point of self-doubt, and I find myself turning through the pages of the Word of God instead of studying them. I end up just closing my Bible anyway, saying to myself that at least I gave it a try. Heartbreaking, right?
And then I run across this treasure:
Okay, wow. I need to try harder. I need to try a lot harder. It’s not that I feel as if God has been necessarily “silent” within my life, because that is certainly not the case. He has, however, not been given the light in which He deserves. This adversity is completely due to my selfishness that I have been accompanied in. For example, the act of opening my Bible, not finding anything, and then closing it soon after.
I tried again today, and I found myself coming across a passage that was titled “Guidance for the Young” in the book of Proverbs, chapter 3.
1 My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
2 for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you peace and prosperity.
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes,
fear the Lord and shun evil.
8 This will bring health to your body
and nourishment to your bones.
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
11 My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline,
and do not resent his rebuke,
12 because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
as a father the son he delights in.
Step by step, I went through this passage. How fitting it is for me at this very moment in time. I broke the concepts down into such a way in which I was able to understand. I know that I have went through this passage in Proverbs before, because I have underlined and highlighted certain scriptures. I needed to hear it again, however, because I am human and by nature, I need to be reassured and reminded on a daily basis.
If God did not care what is to become of us, then He would not correct us. Discipline increases wisdom and blessings, and ultimately leads us further down the path that God has intended for us. As a parent disciplines his or her own child, God disciplines us in such a way to help us and to guide us. In Romans chapter 5, we read why trials must come:
Romans 5:3-5 “ Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
For anyone who is enduring trials and hardships and is unable to understand why, maybe Romans 5:3-5 and Proverbs 3:11-12 will give you peace. For anyone who has not heard from God in a while, maybe this post will give you the inspiration and light that you need. For anyone who just needs a reminder that God’s work is solely for the good, maybe this post will help you to recall.
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
In all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.
*Peace: (n) freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.
*Prosperous: (adj) bringing wealth and success.
*Submit: (v) to accept or yield to God
*Wise (in your own eyes): (adj) to think about yourself; belief that true wisdom comes from you, not God
*Fear (of the Lord): (n) tremendous respect and love for God; a want to dearly please them.
*Shun (evil): (v) persistently avoid, ignore, or reject (someone or something) through antipathy or caution.
*Firstfruits: (n) the first agricultural produce of a season, especially when given as an offering to God.
*Vats: (n) tub used to hold liquid (wine)
*Rebuke: (n) an expression of sharp disapproval or criticism.