My father taught me, “Take my words to heart. Follow my commands, and you will live. Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them. Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you. Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. Proverbs 4:4-7 NLT
Today is December 31st, the last day of 2019 and many will debate whether or not today is the last day of this decade. According to Konstantin Bikos, lead editor of timeanddate.com, he states, “”In terms of counting millennia or centuries or decades, it doesn’t really matter,” Bikos told CNN. “It’s a man-made system…” CNN
What is most interesting is that many of us place our focus on man-made systems and tangible items that really do not matter. In fact, we are so distracted by social injustices, political snafus, entertainment gossip, the advancements in technology, financial gain, purchasing houses and new vehicles, or climbing the professional career ladder that our priorities have driven us to actively pursue the common, the ordinary, and to enjoy the irreverent things in life; the things that do not matter to God.
God has provided the blueprint for what is important in our lives; Studying the Word, praying, seeking knowledge, possessing faith, hope, love, good judgment, and wisdom are the attributes that God desires for us.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith, without doubting, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from God. James 1: 5-7 NLT
And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV
We must let go of everything that is ordinary, common, and irreverent; it is only by praying and asking God, that we can attain knowledge of the things that are preventing our spiritual growth. God will always reveal to us the things that we need to let go of.
Prayer for today: Dear God, We ask you to forgive us for our sins, and shortcomings, to cleanse us from all unrighteousness and to fill us with your Holy Spirit. Please reveal to each of us the things that we need to let go of in order to serve you completely with all of our hearts, souls, and minds. We love you and we ask this prayer in the worthy name of your Son, Jesus. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019