Hebrews 9:1-22; Exodus 6:28-8:32; Proverbs 2
It is so easy to go ahead and do things on my own, without seeking God’s plan. I know what I want. I’m ready to go get it. And I tell myself that I’m going to do it. That’s when I find out that God has other plans – the hard way. Our first instinct, as followers of God, should be to seek Him and His ways. We should search out God’s wisdom like we would search for material wealth. In Proverbs it says “Then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and discover the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2:5) Perhaps even more important that seeking direction on specific issues is the more general call of Proverbs to seek wisdom. Wisdom, as shown in Proverbs, leads to fear of the LORD and knowledge of God. In Psalms we are told that the fool says there is no God (Psalms 14:1) while Proverbs leads us to seek wisdom because we know He exists and that He cares about our everyday lives. The call is to seek a relationship with God that is so strong that we’ll understand His ways and easily be able to follow Him. So often I hear of people praying to understand God’s will when there are explicit commands in the Bible. One area is missions. A mission trip is announced and many people pray asking God if it’s His will to go. God has already told us to go! The correct prayer would be something like: “God, You’ve set an opportunity before me. I will go unless You say no. If I’m not supposed to go, please tell me.” There are little decisions that we face each day. If we know God and have sought His wisdom, we will know the right things to do.
Lord God, give me wisdom. Help me to understand Your ways. Life will throw many things at me today that I won’t have time to spend hours or even minutes praying about. Let my life and my relationship with You be so strong in You that I will always honor You as I go forward.