It was in July 2004 that I learned my husband was having an affair and confronted him outside of his girlfriend's apartment. The reality of it all seemed overwhelming, like I was falling down the rabbit hole in the book Alice in Wonderland to some unreal place my life had become. I realized everything I *thought* I understood to be true was eroding.
I had submitted my life to Jesus Christ the year before, but it was in July 2004 that the rubber of my faith hit the road of my life. I had spent so much of my life striving to be right, to defend, to win...it was my journey in Proverbs beginning in July 2004 that I began to realize I need to seek understanding and wisdom.
Seeking to understand and pursuing the hearts of Jesus, my husband, our son and the people around us has been and continues to be the richest journey in my life. When you seek wisdom and understanding, and pursue hearts rather than strive to win, EVERYONE wins!
Wisdom Is Important
1 My children, listen to your father’s teaching; pay attention so you will understand. 2 What I am telling you is good, so do not forget what I teach you. 3 When I was a young boy in my father’s house and like an only child to my mother, 4 my father taught me and said, “Hold on to my words with all your heart. Keep my commands and you will live. 5 Get wisdom and understanding. Don’t forget or ignore my words. 6 Hold on to wisdom, and it will take care of you. Love it, and it will keep you safe. 7 Wisdom is the most important thing; so get wisdom. If it costs everything you have, get understanding. 8 Treasure wisdom, and it will make you great; hold on to it, and it will bring you honor. 9 It will be like flowers in your hair and like a beautiful crown on your head.”
10 My child, listen and accept what I say. Then you will have a long life. 11 I am guiding you in the way of wisdom, and I am leading you on the right path. 12 Nothing will hold you back; you will not be overwhelmed. 13 Always remember what you have been taught, and don’t let go of it. Keep all that you have learned; it is the most important thing in life. 14 Don’t follow the ways of the wicked; don’t do what evil people do. 15 Avoid their ways, and don’t follow them. Stay away from them and keep on going, 16 because they cannot sleep until they do evil. They cannot rest until they harm someone. 17 They feast on wickedness and cruelty as if they were eating bread and drinking wine.
18 The way of the good person is like the light of dawn, growing brighter and brighter until full daylight. 19 But the wicked walk around in the dark; they can’t even see what makes them stumble.
20 My child, pay attention to my words; listen closely to what I say. 21 Don’t ever forget my words; keep them always in mind. 22 They are the key to life for those who find them; they bring health to the whole body. 23 Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life. 24 Don’t use your mouth to tell lies; don’t ever say things that are not true. 25 Keep your eyes focused on what is right, and look straight ahead to what is good. 26 Be careful what you do, and always do what is right. 27 Don’t turn off the road of goodness; keep away from evil paths.
I didn't keep a journal then, I so wish I did. But as I read back through my bible, seeing the verses I highlighted in 2004, I see how those verses have been like glasses for me to view my life and circumstances through God's eyes.
Which verse from Proverbs 4 will you use as a lens for today?
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