Proverbs 1~day 1

October 1, 2010

I need some stability in my life.  Something that I can do daily to make myself feel calm, understand God more and maybe figure out His direction for my life.  I have really been stressing over my unemployment, and getting rejection emails from jobs I applied to doesn't help.
But, I received an event invitation last night on Facebook, from my Aunt and I believe it was perfect timing.  It's a month-long Bible adventure: to read the book of Proverbs all through October.  It couldn't be more perfect: 31 days in the month, 31 chapters in the book, 31 days for me to really open my heart and give everything to Him.  Last night before bed, after deciding I'm doing this challenge, I wondered how I can keep record of each day and what the words teach me.  After thinking of writing in my dusty journal, I thought there has to be a better way.  Then I realized, Duh!, you have a blog!  So I'm going to write my thoughts down about each chapter: verses that stand out to me, lessons I learn, things to remember and pass on to those who read this.  I really hope you'll continue to follow my blog.  So, here it is....

Day 1: Proverbs Chapter 1
I love how right away in verse 1 is the purpose of why Proverbs was written: "for the wise to listen and add to their learning, the discerning get guidance" (v. 5) but also "for attaining wisdom and discipline for understanding words of insight" (v.2).  Right away, I realize I need to do this!!  I need wisdom and discipline in my life. 
The chapter goes on to warn against sinners enticing us, swallowing us alive.  "My son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths; for their feet rush into sin, they are swift to shed blood" (v. 15-16)  This is powerful and something we all need to be reminded of.  Whether sinners entice us to say words, rumors or to take action in hurting another human being.. we need to stand up for what we believe in and who we are.  We are children of God - who will never forsake nor leave us!  Something I forget all too often.  He is with us where ever we go, whatever we do. 
Verse 20 begins a warning against rejecting wisdom: "Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares... How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? (v. 20, 22)  And a warning to those to reject Him: "I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you -- when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you." (v. 26-27)  God says He will not answer when called upon since those who chose to not accept his advice turned their backs - "they will eat the fruit of their ways" (v. 31) 
We all need to revel in the wisdom and wrath of God - for both are powerful.  I'm thinking a lot about my life now and I see that I need this more than ever.  To go through this powerful book and listen to the teachings and lessons.  I've been feeling a lot of distress and trouble with not being able to get a job.  Daily. 
"But whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm" (v. 33)  I'm listening, God, and I can't wait to hear what you have to say this month!

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