This morning I started reading through the book of Proverbs. I first read it, then as I took my morning run I listened to an audio version of the 1st chapter and finally I stopped running and walked. As I began walking I took time to pray the passage back to God and finally too listen to what He was speaking into my life. I love what my friend Mark says about our pace in life, ‘we need to slow down and become less busy’ – not an exact quote. Slow down to hear the voice of God and also time to receive what He has for our lives. Let’s read a portion of this passage together and maybe God will speak something special to you too.
1-6 These are the wise sayings of Solomon, David’s son, Israel’s king— Written down so we’ll know how to live well and right, to understand what life means and where it’s going; A manual for living, for learning what’s right and just and fair; To teach the inexperienced the ropes and give our young people a grasp on reality. There’s something here also for seasoned men and women, still a thing or two for the experienced to learn— Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate,
the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women.
7 Start with God—the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning. 8 Pay close attention, friend, to what your father tells you; never forget what you learned at your mother’s knee. Wear their counsel like flowers in your hair, like rings on your fingers.
Proverbs 1:1-8 (The Message)
The first thing I love about this passage is God’s saying that everything that you need for your life and to be successful is already written down. Read and put it into action daily and you will experience it! The truth is…none of us was born with all the knowledge need for our life, so we must seek after it if we are going to experience God’s best for our lives. I know there are times when we think that we have all the answers, but this is called adolescence – the time in our life where we have very little experience to back up our knowledge. I think many of us – including myself, revert back to acting in this manner where we go off to pursue our plans; thinking we know exactly what we need to do, but we end up disappointed or depressed due to our lack of success.
One of the first places that Solomon encourages us to start with is a humble heart. Sometimes it is out of disappointment that we end up humble and ready to listen to God’s wisdom. He goes on to say, listen to what your father taught you and what you learned from your mother. So because Mother’s Day is this weekend, I prayed and meditated on this passage thinking back to the things my mother taught me. Some of it was learned as she held me on her lap swinging me on our swing reading books to me after I would get home from school, while other things I learned in passing as she lived her life. Here are a few things that I have learned from my mom:
The value to read God’s Holy Word, to pray, and to truly seek after God until you hear his voice! She also instilled in me to work hard and give your best at everything that you do, to listen and empathize with people, to be committed to your home and family, to love your spouse, be people of integrity, to stand strong in the mist of difficulty and to serve. I wasn’t raised in a perfect home, but God placed me in this home to develop me and shape me and mold me into who I am today.
For some of us we may need to revisit what you learned as a child because scripture goes on to say…”wear their counsel like a flower in your hair and rings on your fingers.” This is making a choice to embrace the fullness of God’s wisdom and to daily apply those values in our life.
Do you want to be successful in your life? Seek after God’s wisdom, relearn what you have been taught and apply it to your life.