Proverbs 14 8-14-19

The problem with free will is that we have to make decisions about everything. Our need for His Spirit in us is quite evident!

(6) The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.

I used to think that a mocker was loud and obnoxious, rude, crude and socially unacceptable. I’m beginning to see that it’s anyone who deliberately chooses his own way over the right way, specifically, God’s way. Arrogance is the main motivator in the mocker. He (or she) not only does not care what God thinks, but actually thinks that He is wrong and his/her way is right or better. Fear has a place in the mocker’s heart, as well. The fear of missing something, being left out, being wronged, or being left behind can lead a person to doubt, which leads to acts of unbelief (hedging our bets).

God calls us to trust in Him. Adam and Eve learned to trust Him after they left the garden. Noah trusted Him and saved his family. Abraham trusted Him and now has descendents more numerous than the sand on the shore or the stars in the sky. Moses and the Israelites learned to trust Him for their daily bread (manna). Jesus trusted Him implicitly–all the way to the cross for our sake.

What does it take to trust God? The first thing is to know where to look for answers: The Words of God, i.e. the Bible.

A humble and contrite heart: My sacrifice is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. Psalm 51:17 Understanding that we are broken is huge. It’s worse than that–we are dead! Without the life of the Spirit in us, we have no spiritual life at all. We are much like the blow-up man in front of the Firestone store. As long as the air blower is on, he waves around like crazy. Turn the air off, and he is nothing but pieces of material on the ground.  We are like an old pump organ. If the Spirit is not pumping air into us, we can make no music at all.

A willing heart: On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” John 7:37-38 Jesus’ invitation to us requires a willing heart. We must be willing to allow Him to fill us with Himself and to flow through us to others. To think that Christ’s grace is ours for us to keep is arrogant and selfish. The only way for us to stay fresh and clean is for His living water to flow THROUGH us. Otherwise, we stagnate. We are to look (with His eyes) for opportunities to share His living water with others. Most of these opportunities are dirty, distasteful, and even dangerous. Don’t worry! Trust Him! We just need to be obedient to the Spirit.

An eager heart: Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Psalm 100:1-2 Worship is important. It calls for us to openly acknowledge God and His sovereignty, His character, His deeds, and His great love for us. He draws us into worship; we sing and pray the words; they minister to our hearts and draw us into fellowship with Him and with each other. A person who does not sing may be praying. As long as he is engaged with the Spirit, he is worshiping. But, if he is simply biding his time, then he is unengaged with the Spirit and has missed the entire point of worship and praise.

Today, I pray that you begin with an humble and contrite heart; that you will move to a willing heart, one that allows the Spirit to recreate Jesus in you; that you will have an eager heart, one that praises Him for who He is and what He has done for us, and that you will spill over into someone else as you go through your day.

Abba, I want to this prayer to be true for me today, too. I look forward to spending the day with You. Amen.

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