Proverbs 20 4-20-20

We found out with COVID 19 that “forewarned is forearmed.” How much more so in our Christian walk!

4 Sluggards do not plow in season; so at harvest time they look but find nothing.

Waiting until your house is on fire is NOT the best time to decide what you’ll grab on your way out the door–or window. Those decisions need to be made beforehand and with thoughtful planning.

  • Is your phone handy? Computer?
  • Do you have clothes and shoes readily available?
  • Important papers need to be in a firebox that is easily accessible.
  • Picture albums (or the negatives) need to be in a place where they can be quickly grabbed.
  • Does everyone have a quick way out of their bedrooms?
  • Is there a designated place for all to meet once outside?

A few precautions go a long way in an emergency. COVID 19 had the reverse affect on us! Instead of getting out of the house, we were forced to stay in our houses, which needed an entirely different set of necessities.

  • TP! (top of the list, evidently)
  • Food (although grocery stores were open, not all items were available)
  • Medications!
  • Cleaning/disinfecting supplies (difficult to find)
  • Internet!!!
  • Ability to work from home
  • Ability to have school
  • Phone service
  • TV, games, books, puzzles, etc.

Our walk with God works the same way. He prepares us for what is coming by teaching us what we need to know and exercising the “muscles” we will need. The problem with most of us is that without either the tyranny of the urgent or an emergency, we slide… We cease being diligent about the basics.

What ARE the BASICS of Christianity?

  1. First is having Jesus in our hearts. It’s not enough to have an intellectual knowledge of His Lordship. We need Him in us! If we intellectually acknowledge Him as King of the Universe, then it should be a short step–but necessary step–to invite Him to come into our lives and be our Lord and Savior.
  2. Once we have Him in our hearts, we are to be baptized. Why? Because He said so! It’s how we announce to the world that we are now followers of Christ. If we are unwilling to be obedient in this first command, we need to check to make sure that we gave Him our whole hearts when we asked Him in. He WON’T come in until we are willing to give Him “the deed to our house” and “the Master key to every lock.” Obedience is assumed.
  3. Daily Bible study is next. Reading the Bible is conversing with God. It’s His primary way of communicating with us. When we read His words, His Spirit actually speaks them into our hearts and minds. We respond to Him in prayer. THAT’S CONVERSATION. It’s our classroom work.
  4. Application is how we live our lives. We live and breathe our prayers as we go through our day sensing His nudges and warnings. We practice our Christian walk in everything we think, say and do. Doing big things for God is up to Him, not us. It will usually just “happen” according to His leading. I doubt if Stephen knew that he was about to give his life for the Lord and wind up in the pages of Scripture the day he was confronted by the leaders of the law. Acts 6:8-7

Let’s not be sluggish in our walk with Christ. No one likes to drag or cajole someone into obedience. Let’s be followers that are a delight to our Lord. Imagine all the neat things that He has to show us if we follow Him closely and with happy hearts.

The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy. Proverbs 12:22

We said we would follow Him and obey Him, so let’s be about the Father’s business. In doing so, we will be a delight to Him.

Abba, I want to be a delight to You. I perceive that You take a personal interest in those who take a personal interest in You. Reveal to me all that my little mind can hold and understand, O Lord. Hone me into the most useful tool for You that I can be. Beat on me like metal on an anvil; chisel me like granite before the artist. Shape me into the image of Christ, Father! To me, Your altar becomes Your worktable, Your canvas, Your workstation where You mold me like clay. Have Your will and way in my life today, my Lord and my God. Amen.

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