My wife and I are on our way to visit the Ark Encounter. I am convinced that unless I follow their guide, I will probably miss a lot of things, and not fully understand the things that I would see ordinarily as I walk through. I believe the guide will give the creator’s heart into why each thing was created the way that it was, and it will reveal the things that caused him to build this huge artifact in the first place. Interesting, because I believe that God left His Good Book with some of the same purposes in mind for His children. So stay tuned as we meditate on these inspired words of Solomon.
DATE WRITTEN: Thursday, 2021-06-10
WRITTEN AT: Unidilla, GA
BY: Ed Algreen
SCRIPTURE FROM: Proverbs 7:1-3
TRANSLATION:The Voice (VOICE)
BIBLE TEXT: 1 My son, live according to what I am telling you; guard my instructions as you would a treasure deep within you. 2 Stay true to my directives, and they will serve you well; make my teachings the lens through which you see life. 3 Bind cords around your fingers to remind you of them; meditate on them, and you’ll engrave them upon your heart.
APPLICATION: I am always amazed to look around and consider all that God has made for us to enjoy, starting with the very people in our family. But God was not just satisfied to provide these things for us, He gave us a book of instruction on how to make best use of these things/people and enjoy them just as God intended. Notice that God wants us to treasure His instructions. That’s because He created us, and He created people and things around us to enjoy, if we go about our interactions in a right way. God’s instructions are so important that He instructed us to frequently remind ourselves of what He said. We will usually learn that which we hang around, and interact with, most. For mechanics, they learn about the engines they work on and will not require instructions after a few times, because they have memorized where everything is, and what causes those things to break or malfunction. I believe that God wants us to become so familiar with His Word, that we could do like my blind grandmother did in her 90’s. She was able to continue her daily devotions by reciting Scripture that she learned over her years of reading God’s Word. Friends, God has it all covered in His Book. For us to become familiar with His instructions and insure that they form the basis for our daily decisions, we will need to read them, reread them, practice them, tell others about them, and be held accountable for acting and speaking according to God’s teachings. Do you feel like you have reached a point in your life where God can trust you with all that you do and say, knowing that others will mistake you for the King of all kings? It’s up to you to set the importance on this aspect of your relationship with God. If it’s important, and you make it a priority to read the Word at least daily, learn from what others know about the Bible – perhaps at Bible Study, or at church, or in a small group, and make it a part of your daily life-decisions, then perhaps you will identify with Solomon in feeling like doing this God’s way is super important to you because you have His Word engraved on your heart. Ask an honest friend to help keep you accountable. Hopefully they will be totally honest with you. Pray to God for wisdom to do life His way, every day!
BLESSING(S) NOTED: God made us, He made everyone and everything for us to enjoy, and He provided a Book of Instruction to point us in the right direction to make the most of His people and things, while demonstrating His goodness and love. Unless we read the Word and follow God’s instruction, we will not receive the full benefits He intended for us. Praise God, He thought of everything – what a Mighty God we serve!
PRAYER: Precious Lord, thank You for providing everything we need in life, and for giving us instructions to follow as we enjoy those things while all the while pleasing You. We know from experience the importance of following the instructions when constructing something. Please open our eyes and constantly remind us of the importance of knowing Your Word and following Your instruction for the best experience while here on earth. Let others see You as they experience interactions with us, and invite them to know You personally so that You may be glorified. AMEN!