Proverbs 4:20-27 (The Message)
Dear friend, listen well to my words; tune your ears to my voice.
Keep my message in plain view at all times. Concentrate! Learn it by heart!
Those who discover these words live, really live; body and soul, they’re bursting with health.
Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts.
Don’t talk out of both sides of your mouth; avoid careless banter, white lies, and gossip.
Keep your eyes straight ahead; ignore all sideshow distractions.
Watch your step, and the road will stretch out smooth before you.
Look neither right nor left; leave evil in the dust.
Our lives are noisy. Do we take the time to listen to God’s word? Are we in tune to God’s voice?
If we want to be in tune, we need to keep watch over our hearts, our mouths, our steps.
How can we keep watch over those? What would that look like?
What do we need to protect our hearts from?
Pray for your heart and step to be in tune with God this week.
Proverbs 3:5-6Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Are you a control freak? Do you have your day entirely planned out and tend to explode if details change?
Do you have a set routine or way of driving home that never changes?
Well that is not exactly what this verse is about……it’s about not living life alone, but letting God lead you.
Proverbs 3:5–6 speaks about guidance in ethical behavior more than particular choices such as career or mate.
It reminds us that listening to God is more than just praying once a day. It’s spending enough time with God to know what God’s plans are for your life, and how God wants to use you in God’s plan.
“All wisdom comes from the Lord, and so do common sense and understanding.
God gives helpful advice to everyone who obeys him and protects all of those who live as they should.”
Proverbs 2:6&7 (CEV)
Do you value common sense and understanding?
How do you feel about the promise of God to protect those who live as they should?
Do you listen to God for “helpful advice?”
We are going to begin this year with a study on Proverbs. I often get overwhelmed at reading really long passages of scripture in my devotions. If you do as well, do a study on Proverbs. It is a wonderful way to breathe scripture into your daily life in shorter segments.
Proverbs 1:1-6 The Message
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.
Whatever point in your faith you are at, as the passage says, there is wisdom and guidance for you to ponder.
What questions do you need answered through Scripture?