“Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.” (Proverbs 1:5, NIV)
After finishing Leviticus, I had thought to go through Hebrews. However, as I started it, I had a distinct impression I wasn’t reading in the right place. So I stopped and asked the Lord where He wanted to connect with me, and He said, Proverbs. Honestly, I didn’t want to go to Proverbs! I told God, “Everyone reads Proverbs. Can I read something else? Can we spend this time together in something different? I’ve read Proverbs so many times–is there something else I’m less familiar with that we could do?” But God said, No time spent with Me is wasted. Go to Proverbs.
Reading through the first few verses in Proverbs felt like a weight lifting off my shoulders. I confessed to the Lord that I had wanted to read Hebrews because we’re planning to do a sermon series through Hebrews next spring, and I thought reading it now could help me prepare for the series. I felt His smile, and He said, I know. You can study for your sermon series on the clock. Off the clock, you’re Mine.
When I read Proverbs 1:5, I had to smile. After being at LakeView almost a year, I still feel like a rookie. There are so many aspects of being a lead pastor that I have yet to learn. I have been asking God for wisdom and guidance, and He directed me to this verse in Proverbs to let me know He’s going to answer my request. I love God!
My prayer for this week is that you will feel God’s smile in your life as you seek His wisdom and guidance. For true wisdom is understanding just how little we know and how much we need the Lord.