Do Not

Sometimes wisdom shows us the negative – what not to do.  In Proverbs 1:10, we find that we should not follow sinners.  The Hebrew word for sinners refers to an offender, one who is guilty.  God knew that some would want to influence others to do wrong things.  This verse gives us the wisdom to say no.

Dear Heavenly Father, we have so many decisions in front of us.  Please help us to say no to sinners who are trying to entice us.  Thank You for giving the wisdom and guidance for which path to take.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

The Direction to Wisdom

I love how God directs our focus to wisdom from many directions.  I found this verse in Job this past week.  These concepts are found in the book of Proverbs.  God chose to put these principles in Scripture multiple times.  Repetition is the key to learning.  God knows that.

I am thankful for the fear of the Lord, for wisdom and the reminder to turn from evil.  The only way we can learn about these things is to study Scripture.  There will always be more to learn.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the wisdom in Your word.  Please help us to pursue fearing You and to turn from evil.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Starting Instruction

The book of Proverbs is filled with advice about gaining knowledge and understanding.  This verse tells us that, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.”  I think this is contrary to what our world tells us.  In the information age, we have easy access to so much information.  However, no matter how good the information, it is still from flawed human beings. 

To be wise we need to start with fearing the Lord.  I have heard some say we were made to fear.  Being made in the image of God, we were made to fear God.  Being flawed human beings we get that mixed up.  In. So. Many. Ways.  

This has been a burden on my heart.  We have faced so many fears in the last couple of years.  We need to direct our fears to God.  He will work and send us the knowledge we need.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for providing a way for us to gain knowledge.  Please help us to learn to fear You.  Please guide us to the knowledge You desire.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Happy New Year 2022

Happy 2022!  I pray that this year brings many opportunities to know God more.

Each year I have chosen a theme.  I haven’t always stuck to my theme, but I hope to do better this year.  This year I want to focus on the fear of the Lord.  This is a multi-faceted concept, and the book of Proverbs provides a lot of verses to study.

A repeated theme relating to the fear of the Lord is the idea of gaining wisdom. I think we get simple knowledge mixed up with wisdom.  We need wisdom to know how to handle knowledge correctly.  We often see newscasters with opposite viewpoints take the same information (knowledge) and present it a different way.  As a Christian my hope is to gain wisdom and understanding to apply to what I see and hear.  I can gain wisdom by asking God (James 1:5) who gives abundantly, and I will receive it. 

Dear Heavenly Father, as we begin a new year, please help us to seek You for wisdom.  Please give as You have promised.  Thank You for giving so freely. 

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Thanks Christmas

2 Corinthians 9:15 might be considered a Thanksgiving verse, but I had this color page from a Christmas book.  Since Jesus came to die to provide salvation from sins, His birth is the ultimate gift.

Merry Christmas!

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your amazing gift of Jesus Christ.  I praise Your name!

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good!

Christmas Reminders

Last week, I mentioned the prophecy about Jesus Christ in Isaiah – He is Immanuel – God with us.  I think we get stuck on warm fuzzy thinking of God being with us.  The reason Jesus came was to save people from sins.  There is nothing warm and fuzzy about sin.  I think we struggle admitting the ugliness of sin in our lives.  Maybe that is why we have so much grumpiness during this Christmas season.

I wonder if the remedy for negativity is admitting our sin and asking Jesus to forgive us.  We might have more joy to share with others. I think it is worth a try. 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus came to save us from our sins.  Please help us to admit our sin and ask forgiveness.  Thank You for the joy of being forgiven.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Christmas to Save

After the trouble we have seen the last couple of years, we might think we need to be saved from the troubles of life.  The Israelites in Jesus’ day wanted a Savior.  They had been told the Messiah was coming.  The Bible records the prophecy such as Isaiah 7:14. What was missed at that time (and is now) is the fact that Jesus came to save people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).  He did not come to save us from troubling circumstances.  He came to save us from the wrong in us.  I believe if more of us were aware of that need, we would have fewer troubling situations.  However, too many reject Jesus Christ completely.  Some of us after placing our trust in Jesus don’t live as though we know Him.  I pray this Christmas season we learn more about Jesus and seek to show we know Him.  This is the only salvation we need.

Dear Heavenly Father, we groan with the trials we have faced.  Thank You for sending Jesus to save us from the burden and penalty of sin.  Please help us to seek You more each day.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Tis the Season to Be Grumpy

I don’t know about you, but I have noticed more grumpiness this year than other Decembers. The last two years have been tough for sure.  We can get busy and focused on our Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s plans.  I think we forget the real reason for Christmas – no wonder we have so much grumpiness.  However, God is still good.  Very good.  He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be born as a baby.  Jesus came to save us from our sins.  What can bring more joy than knowing that?

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus to save us.  Thank You for the joy You give.  Please help us to share this joy with others,

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.

Praise and More Praise

I am ending Thanksgiving week with the ultimate praise passage.  I want to find every way possible to praise God.  Psalm 100 gives us reasons: We are His; His steadfast love endures.  The longer I know God and the more I learn about Him, the more I understand how praiseworthy God is.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for giving Your steadfast, faithful love.  Thank You for allowing me to be a sheep of Your pasture.  I praise Your name.

I pray this in Jesus’ name.

God is so good.