listen . . .

The book of Proverbs is filled with so much knowledge, it’s hard to figure out where to start. In Chapter 8, Solomon is talking about listening . . .

32 “Now then, my sons, listen to me;
       blessed are those who keep my ways.

 33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
       do not ignore it.

 34 Blessed is the man who listens to me,
       watching daily at my doors,
       waiting at my doorway.

 35 For whoever finds me finds life
       and receives favor from the LORD.

Although this is Solomon speaking, he is NOT speaking of himself. It sounds like he is telling us to listen to him. But if we go back to the beginnings of chapter 8, we find these verses:

1 Listen as Wisdom calls out!
      Hear as understanding raises her voice!

3 By the gates at the entrance to the town,
      on the road leading in, she cries aloud,
 4 “I call to you, to all of you!
      I raise my voice to all people.

12 “I, Wisdom, . . .

So, then, the chapter is written through Solomon concerning “wisdom.” The Scripture emphasizes that we should

  • Listen to the wise
  • Be wise

And if we do these things, we can expect to:

  • Be blessed by the Lord

  • Find life with the Lord

  • Receive favor from the Lord

Proverbs 8:36 – “But those who miss [wisdom] injure themselves.”

On love and faithfulness

Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
       bind them around your neck,
       write them on the tablet of your heart. – Proverbs 3:3

OK – so maybe you don’t plan to write them down and put the them around your neck . . . at least physically. But you should do it spiritually. These are two extremely important items in our life! Don’t fail to ALWAYS remember these in your hearts and minds.  Love and faith play an important role in our Christian life, but also in our relationship with people. It is only through faith and love that we can truly share our testimony openly with others.

a request from Psalm 25

4 Show me your ways, O LORD,
teach me your paths;

5 guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.

in the beginning…

As Kimberly studies astronomy this week, the “Big Bang theory” has come up in conversation. Therefore, I think it’s only appropriate then to discuss what happened one day . . .

One day a group of scientists got together and decided that man had come a long way and no longer needed God. So they picked one scientist to go and tell God that they were done with Him.

The scientist walked up to God and said, “God, we’ve decided that we no longer need You. We’re to the point that we can clone people and do many miraculous things, so why don’t You just go on and get lost.”

God listened very patiently and kindly to the man. After the scientist was done talking, God said, “Very well, how about this? Let’s say we have a man-making contest?”

To which the scientist replied, “Okay, great!”

But God added, “Now, we’re going to do this just like I did back in the old days with Adam.”

The scientist said, “Sure, no problem,” and bent down and grabbed himself a handful of dirt.

God looked at him and said, “No, no, no! You go get your own dirt!”

You see . . .

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Gen 1:1)

There was no “big bang.” There was God! Nothing more or less. God created every bit of it. Astronomers claim that some kind of “forces” were present and that protons and electrons just haphazardly hit each other creating this world we have. If that’s the case, why don’t more protons and electrons keep hitting each other creating more big bangs?  Hmmm?  Maybe they just didn’t get it right!?!?! 

I’m interested in finding out whether a professor of astronomy can believe in God…  What do you think?

a word from the wise

You’ve probably heard the old saying “a word to the wise…” 

Well, this is a word FROM the wise, (for those of you who know me – I don’t mean me  🙂   

This is purely Scriptural and I think it serves to convict us in some way:

9 Keep this in mind: The Teacher was considered wise, and he taught the people everything he knew. He listened carefully to many proverbs, studying and classifying them. 10 The Teacher sought to find just the right words to express truths clearly. 11 The words of the wise are like cattle prods—painful but helpful.

This passage is from Ecclesiastes 12, written by Solomon (a man full of wisdom). He tells us that we should remember that our teacher is wise due to the many years of studying he conducted. We should listen to his wisdom.

But I think it’s most important that we remember the last verse listed above: the words may be “painful” but they are “helpful.” Just because you hear something you don’t agree with – and something that may be painful to you doesn’t mean you shouldn’t listen. Sometimes there are hard truths that we just need to accept. Even if we don’t like it.

Psalm 100 thanks

 1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

 2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
       come before him with joyful songs.

 3 Know that the LORD is God.
       It is he who made us, and we are his [a] ;
       we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
       and his courts with praise;
       give thanks to him and praise his name.

 5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
       his faithfulness continues through all generations.

As the Psalmist reminds us time and time again.  We need to praise the Lord for He is good!

a comforting reminder

What would you do if you boss told you something? Would you believe him? Sometimes people are not trustworthy; we generally know who they are. But, what if God told you something? Would you believe Him? To me, I have no doubt! I know I can believe and trust God. Therefore, when I read Scripture, I know I can trust in its truths:

7 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. 8 I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.”

So when the Scripture says that God will save us and bring us back to Him, we can trust Him! God is returning! He will save His people. He won’t, however, save those who aren’t His. The first verse says “I will save MY people.”

Do you know anyone that doesn’t believe or trust in God? Don’t let another day go by without telling that friend or person about your faith and why it is important for them to believe and trust in God as their Savior. There is a day approaching that will be too late for anyone to open their hearts to Him.

For us, the children of God, we can rest in comfort – knowing He is preparing a place for us, and that we can dwell with Him for eternity.

the FINAL note

Not my final blog – but rather the final note in the book of Psalms. 

I love that the Psalmist throughout Scripture recognizes God and gives praises to Him, even in the hardest of times. This Psalmist ends the book with Psalms 146-150. The final verse of each of these Psalms contains this phrase:

Psalm 146:10b, 147:20b, 148:14b, 149:9b, and 150:6b


More interestingly though is how Psalm 150 (the last Psalm) completes the book:

Psalm 150

 1 Praise the LORD.  
       Praise God in his sanctuary;
       praise him in his mighty heavens.

 2 Praise him for his acts of power;
       praise him for his surpassing greatness.

 3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
       praise him with the harp and lyre,

 4 praise him with tambourine and dancing,
       praise him with the strings and flute,

 5 praise him with the clash of cymbals,
       praise him with resounding cymbals.

 6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.
       Praise the LORD.

In this Psalm, the writer tells us that EVERYTHING that is alive should be praising God. Let’s be clear however: It doesn’t say “when you are happy, praise the Lord.” It doesn’t say “when everything is going your way, praise the Lord.”

It is an unconditional praise that the Psalmist is emphazing – a statement that reminds us that God is worthy and deserving of praise ALL THE TIME!  Take just a moment today to praise the Lord. Either in song, prayer, or by smiling and knowing that God created you and everything around you.

Praise the Lord – for He is worthy of our praise!

The Lord is God

As I’ve been studying Greek this semester, I’ve noted that it is very interesting to look at the structure of the original language. Although the words may not be in the order we would expect them to be in English, it is still very apparent what the subject and verb of each sentence is. However, beyond the grammer of Greek, I have become more aware of the content of the sentences (that is God’s truths). Some Scriptures that I’ve read again and again are now really meaning more and more to me.

This morning I was reminded during my devotion that humans just sometimes need to see God’s truth in differing ways. Take for instance this passage from 1 Kings 18:39

And when all the people saw it, they fell face down on the ground and cried out, “The Lord – He is God! Yes, the Lord is God!”

This simple statement (The Lord is God) is repeated various times throughout the Bible. And of course we know that if the Bible repeats something it is VERY important.

By this point some of you are thinking:

          “duh” – the Lord is God – God is the Lord. What’s surprising about that?

Well, if we look at what being “lord” really means (from

1. a person who has authority, control, or power over others; a master, chief, or ruler.

Now again – that may not surpise you. But I challenge you. Is God Lord over your life?  Who has the authority in your life? Do you take the authority in your own hands?

                Or do you allow God to lead your life?

Who is Lord of your life?

If you are making decisions without asking God, then YOU are being lord of your life and that would make YOU your god. Oops – violation of Ten Commandments: “You must not have any other god but me.” Think about that . . .

following God

“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”- Psalm 143:10

Simple – but to the point. We ought to follow God.

For those who want a longer study, here is the full Psalm 143:

O LORD, hear my prayer,
       listen to my cry for mercy;
       in your faithfulness and righteousness
       come to my relief. 2 Do not bring your servant into judgment,
       for no one living is righteous before you.

 3 The enemy pursues me,
       he crushes me to the ground;
       he makes me dwell in darkness
       like those long dead.

 4 So my spirit grows faint within me;
       my heart within me is dismayed.

 5 I remember the days of long ago;
       I meditate on all your works
       and consider what your hands have done.

 6 I spread out my hands to you;
       my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.

 7 Answer me quickly, O LORD;
       my spirit fails.
       Do not hide your face from me
       or I will be like those who go down to the pit.

 8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
       for I have put my trust in you.
       Show me the way I should go,
       for to you I lift up my soul.

 9 Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD,
       for I hide myself in you.

 10 Teach me to do your will,
       for you are my God;
       may your good Spirit
       lead me on level ground.

 11 For your name’s sake, O LORD, preserve my life;
       in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.

 12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
       destroy all my foes,
       for I am your servant.