Proverbs 30 7-30-18

Reading from different versions can give new insights to known truths. Try it sometime.

Proverbs 30:1-3 (NLT) The message of Agur son of Jakeh. An oracle. I am weary, O God; I am weary and worn out, O God. [2] I am too ignorant to be human, and I lack common sense. [3] I have not mastered human wisdom, nor do I know the Holy One.

It sounds like Agur needs a season of refreshing. It’s good to take a time-out every once in a while. Anytime we do, it is to focus on resting the body, relaxing the mind, and nourishing the soul. King David knew about times of refreshing. Let’s look at one:

Psalms 63:1-8 (NLT)

O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.

We can’t expect to receive spiritual nourishment from the world–just the opposite! It will drain us pretty fast, which is why we need those daily times alone with Him and His Word.

[2] I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory.

Another way to recharge spiritually is worship. If we only saw worship in that light…I’m afraid that most people view it as a duty. Here is David worshiping:

[3] Your unfailing love is better to me than life itself; how I praise you! [4] I will honor you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. [5] You satisfy me more than the richest of foods. I will praise you with songs of joy.

Praise, honor, songs of joy–now that’s true worship!

[6] I lie awake thinking of you, meditating on you through the night. [7] I think how much you have helped me; I sing for joy in the shadow of your protecting wings.

Being aware of His constant presence should be a comfort to us and our source of joy and peace. If not, then two things might be wrong:

  1. Unconfessed sin ( you would KNOW what it is),
  2. A skewed view of God. He is a loving Father. He has no expectations. His desire is that we love Him and follow Him. His longing for me to know Him is motivation enough to get my batteries charged!

[8] I follow close behind you; your strong right hand holds me securely.

This verse is where we live. Let’s get there and stay there! It’s the safest place to be. Enjoy your quiet time of refreshing.

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