Spiritual Challenges

Last Sunday my pastor threw out a challenge to the church. He asked us to pick a book of the Bible and read a chapter a day, then journal what the Lord is speaking through that chapter, maybe just one verse and how it affects our lives. I read the Word daily but I do not always journal so I accept the challenge.

As I was praying on what to read/study in the Bible I heard a small voice, I’m thinking is this your God…..? But no it was my brother, Cary Nethaway. A few months ago we had a conversation and he was speaking to me about the book of Proverbs, Now I’ve read this book I can’t even count how many times, but Cary was telling me how if we just lived our lives by the wisdom found in proverbs life would be GOOD. He was telling me how he applies it to his life and he sends his children scriptures to use when they need to make a decision or they need wisdom in a situation. SO, Proverbs it is!!! Today chapter one….

There were 2 chunks of Scripture that hit me this morning…. right out of the gate  Proverbs 1:1-4

Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline,
    to help them understand the insights of the wise.
Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives,
    to help them do what is right, just, and fair.
These proverbs will give insight to the simple,
    knowledge and discernment to the young.

Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser.
    Let those with understanding receive guidance
by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables,
    the words of the wise and their riddles.

Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge,
    but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

I love how he explains why this book is even written. “To help do what is right, just, and fair. Give insight to the simple and knowledge and discernment to the young.”

As I read this my thoughts turned to how I wish I had a father who taught me from a very young age about wisdom, what is right and wrong, what is just, how to have decrement.  Would I have listened? I don’t know but I do know that it would have been in me all the days of my life…..and then I realize what a job I have in front of me. I have not taught my children out of this book…. and I have not taught them to teach their children. A very good word indeed!!!

The other section I love is 1:8-9

My child,[a] listen when your father corrects you.
    Don’t neglect your mother’s instruction.
What you learn from them will crown you with grace
    and be a chain of honor around your neck

Man do we need this in our world right now!!!  can you imagine if the younger generation actually took to heart? Walking around with a “crown of grace and a chain of honor around your neck”

One of the main reasons we see this generation in the places they are is because they have little self esteem, they grow up with no fathers and no discipline, no wisdom, no instruction. Can you imagine what our world would be like if people listened to a fathers” correction and a mother’s instructions?

A great word to put into practice at any age…..

July 7, 2015

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