Paying attention is vital. It’s easier to let someone else to lead or do the details, but it doesn’t excuse us when something goes wrong.
(1) My son [child], pay attention to my wisdom, turn your ear to my words of insight, (2) that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.
Each morning, the Holy Spirit whispers these words to us. We recognize them as, “I probably should get up and spend some time reading my Bible and praying.” We stand our best chance of having a successful day spiritually if we begin our day by aligning ourselves with Him.
Wandering aimlessly through our day ignoring the Spirit is the best way I know to find pitfalls and traps set by Satan. The adulteress mentioned in this chapter fell into one:
(5) Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave. (6) She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths wander aimlessly, but she does not know it. (22) The evil deeds of the wicked ensnare them [her]; the cords of their sins hold them [her] fast.
I think one of the reasons people can ask Christ for salvation and then deny Him access to their daily lives is because we do not teach them to fear the LORD. Before salvation, that fear is actual dread; after salvation, it should be a reverential fear, one of awe and respect. We should never forget that He disciplines those He loves (Heb. 12:7-8).
Let’s take three examples from the Bible: Moses, Isaiah, and Paul.
Moses- According to Numbers 12:3, “Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.” How did he get that way? By spending time with the LORD. He learned that he had no power within himself (Ex. 4:10). He relied upon the LORD telling him what to do and where to lead the Israelites. Being in the presence of God reminds us that HE is God and we are NOT!
Isaiah- He was shone the throne of God! He experienced the splendor of His majesty and the glory of the LORD which filled the entire temple. His response? (5) “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” Isaiah 6:5. THIS response is the response of every human who stands before the LORD. Isaiah was cleansed by a coal from the altar; we are cleansed by the same blood from that altar, the blood of Jesus!
Paul- On the road to Damascus, Paul immediately recognized that he was in the presence of Jesus. (5) “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. Acts 9:5. What was Paul’s response to learning that it was Jesus? (9) For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything. He was humbled. Throughout Paul’s ministry, his assessment of God became greater even while his assessment of himself lowered and lowered. Early in his ministry, he considered himself the least of the apostles (1 Corinthians 15:9). In the middle of his ministry, he considered himself the least of the brethren (Ephesians 3:8). At the end of his ministry, his opinion of himself had fallen to being the worst of sinners (1 Timothy 1:16). For Paul’s analytical breakdown of himself–and us, read Romans 7:7-25, but be sure to read 8:1-4, too (it’s the best part).
As we spend time with God today, let’s be in reverential awe of Him that He would deign to live in our hearts and fellowship with us! That in itself is reason enough to spend time in prayer and Bible study!
Dear LORD, may I never lose the awe of Your presence in my life. When I come to You, I recognize my own unworthiness, yet I am encouraged by Your Spirit because in You I am worthy. Help me to “put on Christ” as I go through my day. Teach me to put off everything in my life that hurts me and/or others, and what keeps me from You. I love King David’s words and adopt them for myself: (4) One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of he LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4. Your temple is in me, now. May I never forget that! Let’s walk. Amen.