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. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death.” Proverbs 8:32-36 (NIV)
Would you like to be wise? Would you like your life to be blessed? Would you like to find life? Would you like to receive my favor? Yes, I want all these things to be true of my life. Who wouldn’t want to be wise? Who wouldn’t want your blessing on their life? Who wouldn’t want to find life? Who wouldn’t want to receive your favor? Someone not wanting these things would have to be very foolish. Is that all? No, someone not wanting these things would need to be very stubborn. Is there anything else? Well yes, someone not willing to receive all these blessings from you must have some form of hatred toward you. They must live in darkness. They must not want to come into the light. They must love doing what is evil. Their evil life, that is filled with death, must repulse them from you. That is hard to imagine. But I have no doubt that it is true. Yes, unfortunately it is true. Those that love the darkness of evil will never come into the light to receive me and the blessings that I want to give to them. That is so sad. Yes, it is.
But let’s talk about you. What about me? What must you do if you want to be wise? What must you do if you want your life to be blessed? What will you do so that you can find life and receive my favor? I will give my heart and mind and life to you. I will follow you as my Savior and Lord. I will live my life in full devotion to you. It will be my pleasure and joy to love and follow and serve you with all that is within me. I will listen attentively to you. I will follow your wisdom. I will receive your instruction. I will allow your word to guard and guide my life. I will live day by day in an intimate relationship with you. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do whatever you ask of me. My life will be in your hands. I will allow you to mold and shape me into the person you want me to become. That will be very good. Then you will be able to receive all that I have to give you. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I know I have been proud. I know I have been stubborn. I know I have foolishly followed my own wisdom. No more! Now, I will listen
Key Question… How has the Lord’s favor blessed your life as you listened to and followed His wisdom?
Living It Out… Make it the priority of your life to listen to and follow the Lord’s wisdom.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord’s favor will bless your life as you listen to and follow His wisdom.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are listening to and following the Lord’s wisdom.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you listen to and follow wisdom from the Lord so His favor will rest on you.
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