6/11/13 - PTC_Proverbs 30 - "Go your own way."
Priority Time Challenge 2013
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Proverbs 30:5 (ESV)
"Every word of God proves true;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him."
At first glance, it could seem that this verse is arrogant and self-promoting of God to have in the Bible. However, as a dad, I get it. There are so many times in the midst of having to follow up on the consequences of one of my children's bad choices that I find myself almost begging that they listen to me. This is what we see here. God is pleading with us to recognize His word as true and right. We should see His word as the shield that protects us.
Fleetwood Mac sang a song called, "Go Your Own Way." It's a pretty catchy tune, but as a life practice, not so much! Why do I so often prefer to go my own way? I am so guilty of trying things on my own only to discover later that I could have saved myself from much pain had I simply paused long enough to seek God's direction. This simple proverb elevates the wisdom of spending a few minutes each day in God's word. This is why we promote having a daily Priority Time. We don't need to read the Bible because it somehow makes God love us more. We don't read the Bible to fulfill some title of being a "good Christian." We read the Bible because we believe it contains the words of God for the good of our lives. We gain insight and protection from His truth.
This text focuses on a specific attitude of the heart that comes to God's word. It is this attitude that I believe makes the difference. "Take refuge in him." I believe this is the heart through which we need to read God's word. We need to release our tendency to be academic and informational and instead recognize our desperate condition apart from Him. God's word becomes a refuge for us. We need to live in the constant awareness that our lives are one bad decision from unraveling and we need His guidance. We need to recognize that every decision I make apart from God's direction will prove false. I will suffer because of my unwillingness to submit to Him.
Take a moment to evaluate the following questions...
What are the current sources of stress in my life?
What relationships need work?
What has me worried?
Have I taken time to genuinely ask for God's help?
Have I sought God's word for specific guidance in these areas?
When will I carve out the time to take refuge in God's word?
I believe forcing ourselves into the application of these questions will drive us to a place of binging many of the most stressful issues in our lives to God. We will then discover the truth of this Proverb that God's word will prove true and become a shield for our lives. You can go your own way…I just don't recommend it.
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