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Lookout! 

Proverbs 1: 20,23,24 

Wisdom shouts in the streets. She cries out in the public square. Come and listen to my counsel. I’ll share my heart with you and make you wise. I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention. “When they cry for help, I will not answer. Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me. 

If you want to be found, you go to a public square and you cry out. This is a beautiful personification of how much wisdom wants to be found, yet it’s unrequited. “I called yet you wouldn’t come, I reached out to you, but you wouldn’t pay attention.”  

In other words, wisdom is saying I made myself available to everyone, but only a few chose me. And as we all know, after so much rejection, eventually, you stop trying. 

In verse 28, wisdom says you’ll look for me but you won’t find my anymore. Wisdom cries out to be found in the public square. She wants to share her heart, she wants to make you wise, but she isn’t going to force you to want her back.  

So be on the lookout! Wisdom is waiting. 

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Good Intentions

I fear for our society. We live in a confused world, and that shouldn’t be surprising since we live in a world that does not want to acknowledge God, the One who is not the Author of Confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). Today’s society is lost. It’s lost and it’s searching for something, instead of Someone, Jesus Christ. And unfortunately, people don’t realize that the beauty in searching for Christ is that He allows you to find Him. The game of hide-n-seek we think He’s playing is actually us hiding from Him. 

Some way, somehow, we’ve convinced ourselves that because I have the right, it is right. That’s certainly not true. And somehow, we’re operating under the belief that if a person means well that should be good enough.  

We live any kind of way, and then run for cover under the umbrella of grace as our self-storm of sins pours down. And don’t get me wrong, God is gracious. He’s so gracious that even though He knows, and we know we won’t do better, He’s still willing to extend a handful of forgiveness, grace, and mercy. 

I fear that not just society, but Christians are in a place where we want our good intentions to get us an honorable mention before God. I fear us valuing a wrong belief system. One that says, if we do enough good, we are good enough. One that says if we meant well, that’s just as well. And sadly, I think many of us are beginning to believe that God should be satisfied with us trying or intending. Christians, who know better do better, and understand that God can’t be satisfied with us being our second-best selves when He created us for so much. 

As for intentions, God examines our true intentions, and He says it’s a sin if you know you can do better and still don’t. When you do God’s will, God’s way, in humility before Him, no honorable mention is necessary. God, Himself, will honor you. (James 4:10, 1 Peter 5:6) 

Proverbs 16:2 People may be pure in their own eyes,
but the Lord examines their motives. 

James 4:17 Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. 

 

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2018 Scripture Motto

Hebrews 10:24

My scripture motto for 2018 is Hebrews 10:24, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.”

Originally, this verse to me was simple, do good things for people. Just make sure that out of love you do good things for people so they will be encouraged to carry it on. And while that is true, there’s more.

See, encouraging those around me will require getting to know people a little better. And it will certainly require listening more. Because to encourage an individual is to know what it takes for them to be encouraged and following through with it.

While kinds words may encourage me, a pat on the back is what someone else may need. The verse says think of ways, meaning what works for you might not works for others, so don’t assume it does.

So, want you join me in intentionally encouraging others to love and good deeds, not only by encouraging them the way you like to, but the way they need you to?

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Study this Book – Proverbs 23

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Study this Book – Proverbs 22

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Study this Book – Proverbs 21

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Study this Book – Proverbs 20

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