Proverbs 1 6-1-18

Jesus is always there for us. Because walking with Him IS the path, no one can ever stray too far.

Proverbs 1:26 I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you—

[28] “Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me.

It sounds like wisdom is turning her back on the rebellious. What we must remember is that wisdom is personified here and that OT wisdom is head knowledge. There was no personal relationship with Jesus, yet. When they didn’t do as wisdom directed and their lives imploded. Jesus said it like this:

Matthew 7:26-27 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. [27] The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

We have an advantage in having the Holy Spirit inside us! HE helps us to rise above our primal instincts (how we feel, what we know concerning our knowledge base, culture, and family history, our “fight-or-flight reaction, etc.”) and act out of our critical thinking (our ability to choose our next step, in this case, to respond according to God’s commands).

He also changes how we feel about ourselves as He reveals to us how He feels about us. How DOES God feel about us?

Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.

John 15:12-13 “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. [13] Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”

1 John 3:1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

Based on what we know according to what our Lord has revealed to us in His Word, we CAN choose to implement the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23) and the character of God (Ex. 34:6-7, 1 Cor. 13:4-8).

Let’s allow Him to live through us today. We will then be able to experience His love, joy and peace.

Can’t think of a better way to spend my day.

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