Friday, October 10, 2014

Acknowledge, Accept, Apply

“Michael, you don’t have to yell. I’m listening to what you are saying,” I said to my eldest son after we had a slight disagreement.

“I know, Dad,” he replied with clenched fists and a determined look in his eyes. “But I want you to hear me not only listen to me.” It was hard to believe, but I was “busted” by a five-year-old child. It is easy to listen but not hear.

Solomon wanted to be certain that his sons were not only listening, but were going to do more that listen to what he had to say. He wanted them to accept the wisdom he had to offer them, plant it deep in their hearts, and then live their lives around what he knew would bring success to them in their lives. If he was teaching a class in college, it might be called “The Value of Applying God’s Wisdom.”

It’s one thing to have God’s wisdom in our heads – but quite another thing to drive it deep into our hearts. When we have His wisdom in our hearts it will guide our lives each day. Solomon realized what a huge difference God’s wisdom would make in the lives of his sons because of the difference it made in his life. In fact he listed the benefits of God’s wisdom: they would travel in safety, they would not trip and fall into the deceits of what the world offered, they would sleep securely, they would have no fear of being overwhelmed with disaster and, most importantly, their confidence to face the issues of life would come from the Lord! What else is there?

Prayer: Father, may we realize how much we lose by refusing Your wisdom. Give us accepting, willing hearts. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Proverbs 4:10 Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.

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