Proverbs 26 3-26-20

Having trouble reading your Bible everyday? We have an enemy who wants to keep us far away from it! Don’t let him win.

13 A sluggard says, “There’s a lion in the road, a fierce lion roaming the streets.”

We may not consider ourselves sluggards, i.e. lazy persons, but when it comes to reading God’s Word, more Christians don’t than do. The sluggard in this verse is “forecasting.” Forecasting is when we think of something that MAY happen and act as if it is already true. In this case, he used his own fear as an excuse not to get out of the house.

The irony is that we are being ENCOURAGED to stay inside during the current “crisis.” God’s Word tells us to be obedient to our local authorities, but it doesn’t mean that we cannot continue to encourage each other in the LORD. We have a grand opportunity with all this extra time at home to spend some quality time with the LORD reading our Bibles.

A great place to start is Psalm 119:18, which says, “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” There are several things I would like for you to do:

  1. Open your own Bible and read it for yourself. Hint: It’s nearly in the middle of your Bible.
  2. Mark it with a pen or highlighter.
  3. Interchange the word “law” with other words: commands, statutes, decrees, ways, precepts, word, promise, counsel, truths. David does throughout this psalm.
  4. Jump down to verse 24 and add, “through the Holy Spirit.”

If your interest is piqued, then go back to verses 9-16. You will find:

  1. How to stay pure in God’s eyes (9).
  2. The best way to find God (10).
  3. A great verse to memorize (11).
  4. Praise (12)!
  5. A verse about memorization (13).
  6. Joy in living the Christian life (14).
  7. The best way to live our Christian life (15).
  8. What God does for us when we read His Word (16).

If God thought enough about it (the Bible) and us to write down how to get to know Him and then protect it for 3500 years, then I think that we should make it our highest priority to read it, learn it, and obey it. As long as we are in connection with Him, we can’t go wrong!

Let’s redeem the time at home and spend time reading His Word, meditating on it, and putting it into action. Things like, “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.” Philippians 2:14-16a

Abba, I want to be blameless and pure, without fault, and shine like stars in the sky. I know the only way to get there is to hold firmly to Your Word. Thank You that You speak to me through Your Word. I can almost hear Your voice as I read! Speak to my heart, LORD Jesus, speak that my soul may hear. I will obey you–it’s how I become blameless! Lead on, O King! This servant follows. Amen.

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