And this is my way of investing time and energy in the development of wisdom in my life. I truly believe God gives wisdom to anyone who asks for it and seeks after it (James 1:5).
The goal of this blog post is to convince you to join me for the month of July reading one chapter of Proverbs each day.
I love this plan because it is simple. Just look at your calendar, open your Bible, and start reading. It does not require a large volume of reading, roughly 2 or 3 minutes. in addition to reading, I also create a journal entry. I know not everyone is a journal-er. However, I do think the practice of journaling helps you take what you're reading processing and apply to your life. For me, it seems like the act of writing itself makes God's word stickier in my heart and mind.
So, how does it work?
I simply read the chapter of Proverbs, while praying for God to show me a specific principal or truth that I need for that day. Without fail, a single verse or two will seem to pop off the page as if to say, "Look at me this is what you need today."
Next, I transfer that passage of scripture into my journal. Yes, I write out the entire verse(s). Under that verse, I begin to jot out prayers, thoughts and most importantly personal application to drive the truth into my life in real time. This provides me with a daily focus which almost always results in a more positive attitude or action in my life.
I don't believe wisdom happens by accident. I don't believe wisdom is synonymous with age. I don't think wisdom and "common sense" are the same thing. I believe wisdom is a special gift of practical insight for living God gives people who ask and seek for it.
Are you up for the challenge? Would you be willing to read one chapter of Proverbs every day during the month of July? Would you be willing to journal your prayers, thoughts, and practical applications?
If you are in, let me know in the comments below and I will pray for your success and consistency over the next 31 days. Along the way our blog about different issues God brings to light in my own time in Proverbs.
Remember, you don't have to start this plan on the first day of the month. Just look at your calendar and start reading.