Proverbs 20 8-20-18

Right now, God is prompting us to prepare for what is coming. He knows! Let’s be ready.

Proverbs 20:4 A sluggard does not plow in season; so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.

God is all about preparation. He knows the future–it’s not really the future to Him–and He calls us to prepare for it. As we read His Word, He highlights particular verses and truths; He calls to mind something we have heard in a sermon or experiences we’ve had. Speaking of experiences, He walks us through training sessions for future events. Take Moses, for example: He wandered 40 years on the back side of the desert; then, he led the children of Israel around that same desert for another 40 years. His knowledge of the desert was something God instilled in him BEFORE He ever called Moses to lead His people!

How about you? Are you spending time with Him in His Word? Are you practicing being godly? Are you leaning on Him for “insider information” about circumstances and people so that you can better minister to them?

Paul has this to say:

1 Timothy 4:15-16 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. [16] Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

And the writer of Hebrews, as well:

Hebrews 6:1 Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity…

[11] We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure. [12] We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised [those who have died for their faith?].

Let’s be doers of the Word this week as we “set our faces like flint*” to follow our LORD closely.

*Isaiah 50:7 Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.

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