Do Not Ignore It

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Wisdom - Proverbs 8:32-35 - Do Not Ignore It - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Wisdom – Proverbs 8:32-35 – Do Not Ignore It – Growing As Disciples

“Now then, my sons, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways. Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not ignore it. Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD. Proverbs 8:32-35 (NIV)

Waiting For Instructions 

Make sure that you are listening to me. Don’t hurriedly rush off in a direction without thinking and without bothering to listen to me. You have an impulsive nature that has gotten you into trouble and difficulty many times before. Yes, I know. Take your time, slow down, wait and listen to me. Don’t be in a hurry. Do you know why this is so important? Yes, I think that I do. Hurry will hinder my ability to hear you. When I don’t wait and listen for your instructions I’m most likely to go running off in my own direction instead of choosing to walk in your ways. Yes, and a key word that you used there was walk. When has my way included an impulsive sprint on your part? Probably never, I guess. There is only one thing that I want you to be quick about. What’s that? I want you to be quick to listen to me. I want you to be quick to wait for my instructions.

You have been asking for wisdom from me, have you not? Yes, I have. You will only be able to receive wisdom from me by watching, waiting, and listening for it. There are two words that go together like a hand in a glove. What are they? They are waiting and wisdom. If you want wisdom from me you must wait for it. How hard will that be for you? It sounds like it should be pretty easy. Has it been easy for you? No, I have never liked waiting. Yes, I have seen that in you. You like constant motion. You would rather be on the go than having to wait. What will wanting wisdom require from you? It will require me to learn to wait. Yes, it will. Have you noticed that I have been giving you an in depth course in waiting? Yes, I have. How have you liked it? Not much at all. Have you enjoyed the fruit of waiting? What do you mean by that? Has your life been blessed as you have waited with me? Yes it has. How has it been blessed? As I have waited with you I have been able to know your will and walk in your ways. I have been able to make good decisions and choose what you wanted me to choose. Yes, that’s right. I have felt your favor and blessing in my life. Is there anything you haven’t enjoyed about that? No, there isn’t. Once I have stopped running and slowed down it has been a joy and delight to wait in your presence. So, maybe it’s just the idea of waiting that you haven’t liked. I suppose so. Isn’t waiting a lot better than wasting a lot of time running off in the wrong direction? Yes, it certainly is. I dislike that far more than waiting in the first place. I will wait and watch and listen for your instructions. I will take great delight in being in your presence. I’m glad to hear that.      

Lord, I can’t tell you how many times I have impulsively run off in my own direction. I thought I had all the wisdom I needed to make a wise decision. Wrong again. Forgive me. Help me now to wait and listen to your instructions. Amen

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Silence Ignorant Talk By Doing Good

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God's Will - 1 Peter 2:15 - Silence Ignorant Talk By Doing Good - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Will – 1 Peter 2:15 – Silence Ignorant Talk By Doing Good – Growing As Disciples

For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. 1 Peter 2:15 (NIV)

Silence Foolish Accusations

Let me tell you, I hate it when I am unfairly attacked. It bugs me, when foolish accusations have been unjustly made against me. Well, join the club. Get used to it, foolish accusations were made against me and I did nothing but good. There will be many times that you will suffer foolish accusations and unjust attacks simply because you are one of my followers. I get that. I am somewhat, not fully for sure, prepared for that to happen to me. When that happens to me, I will know and remember that I am in good company with you, as one of your followers. That’s right.

When you have been unjustly attacked by foolish accusations how have you responded to them? I’m sure that I have not responded as you would have wanted me to respond. Why do you say that? Well, when you were unjustly attacked by foolish accusations you didn’t respond to them. You just kept on doing all the good that your Heavenly Father had given you to do for Him. Yes, I did. You didn’t attempt to defend yourself. You didn’t seek to set the record straight. You didn’t put together your own counter attack. You didn’t play the game of “tit” for “tat”.  No, I did none of these things. Well, I have done all of these things when I have been unjustly acted by foolish accusations. Yes, I have noticed that you can be quite aggressive in seeking to defend yourself.

How has aggressively defending yourself against unjust and foolish accusations worked out for you? Not well at all. In some cases, I may have won a battle, but in doing so, I have lost a war. What do you mean by that? I may have cleared my name of one unjust foolish accusation. But, in clearing my name, I have certainly sullied it by getting down in the mud with those who unjustly accused me with false accusations. I lost sight of something far more important than my name. What’s that? What’s far more important than my name, is your name. Here I am here on this earth, hoping to live my life fully for you. I want to bring glory to your name. Trying to clear my name will never bring glory to your name. No, It will not. What do you wish you would have done when faced with unjust and foolish accusations? What will you do in the future instead? I will just keep on doing all the good that you have given me to do for you. That will make me able to continue to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, it will. Continuing to do all the good that I have given you to do for me will also silence many unjust and false accusations against you. You will shine brightly as one of my witnesses in the world. Now that is what I want.

Lord, I want to do all the good things you have given me to do. I want my life to silence foolish accusations from being made against me. I want my life to be a bright and shining witness for you as I bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen

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