wisdom in the eye of the beholder

“Do not be wise in your own eyes” (Proverbs 3:7) What a perfect picture of pride. We need this picture because it is the struggle of every growing Christian. This command can be difficult for the wise to follow–should a wise person not see themselves accurately? Perhaps is means, “Do not see yourself as wise enough.” This would fit with the …

shooting yourself in the foot

“Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.” Proverbs 1:19 There will always be people who look for ways to take an unfair advantage over the innocent. We often ambush the ignorant under a deception which weakly justifies our actions. We may say something like: “It’s just …

Silent service is the difference between shutting up and speaking up

Perfect Storm Factor #1: I have a ton of ideas and opinions about nearly every subject. I’m constantly thinking about things that I don’t understand–which is all the time because the world is a confusing place. I am constantly making mistakes and work to correct them. Some people call me quick witted–but I’m just sharing what I’ve already been thinking …

THIRST, day 30

Scripture: Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) Prayer: Lord, although there are many worthless things in this world that fight for my attention, you are the one true God, help me to love you …

THIRST, day 29

Scripture: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33) Prayer: God, thank you for your blessings, help me to love you more than your gifts. Reflection: A measure of spiritual maturity is rightly ordered priorities. Often, we don’t love the wrong things, we simply love the right …

THIRST, day 28

Scripture: Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:18-19) Prayer: Dear Lord, thank for the many times you have been faithful to me in the past. Help …

THIRST, day 27

Scripture: It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way. (Proverbs 19:2) Prayer: God, increase my passion for you, deepen my understanding. Forgive me for the times I go my own way because I haven’t taken the time to seek your wisdom. Reflection: It is a great thing to be excited about …