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Friday, August 26, 2016

To Hear God, I Need To Get Near God

In review of Proverbs 2:6 it says, “It is the Lord who gives wisdom; from him come knowledge and understanding”

Bottom Line:
God is the source of wisdom (knowledge, understanding and common sense).

What this means to me:
It is the Lord who will give me true wisdom. Every word he speaks is a treasure of knowledge, understanding and common sense.

Today's passage comes from the first part of Proverbs chapter 2. In this Solomon tells us about the benefits of wisdom. He says, to tune our ears to wisdom and concentrate on understanding. We are to cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. We are to search for them as if they were like hidden valuable treasures. When we do, we will then understand what it means to fear the Lord. For it is the Lord that grants wisdom, it's from his mouth that we get knowledge and understanding. He will guard the paths of the just and protect those who are faithful to him.

So, who better to get it from, than the creator and author?

However, it's harder to trust God when I’m not hearing him.  I think I’m not hearing God because my mind is filled with a thousand other distractions. In order to hear God, I’ve got to get near Him. This means getting alone with him and being quiet.

Psalms 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God” (NIV). This means I need to sit down and shut up. Then I’ll be able to hear and get near God. In practice it means sitting alone and just being quiet with your Bible. Starting with saying, “God, is there anything you want to say to me?” Then read God’s Word, and talk to him about what’s on my heart.

And, God says he will give me the wisdom I need to recognize his voice and follow through on what he says: “It is the Lord who gives wisdom; from him come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6 TEV).

Today I pray, “God, I want to listen to you, not the voices of doubt. I want to get close to you and get to know you better. I want to hear you, and I promise to then obey you. I want to be one of the people that you can use and bless.”

I think I’d like to try just getting away to a quiet place for a while and trying this out.  Often my morning quiet times at home are limited in time and my extended times are at a noisier place (Starbucks).

When it comes to reacting to God’s direction for me or direction in general, I’ve been bucking it. Trying to hold onto the comfortable and easier to control.  I need to realize that God may be moving things in a different direction for my own good.

Today, I will need to think about how I can show God that I’m ready to obey what he directs me to do?