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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Whose Voice Am I Listening To

In review of Proverbs 1:7 it says, “Start with God — the first step in learning is bowing down to God; only fools thumb their noses at such wisdom and learning”

Bottom Line:
One must take the Lord seriously. Stupid people have no respect for wisdom and refuse to learn or take instruction.

What this means to me:
The key entry point to true wisdom comes from the fear of the Lord.  This is not a shaking in my boots kind of fear, but rather taking God and what he says seriously. For it would be foolish for me to not to respect, refuse to learn or to take instructions.

Today's verse comes from the very beginning of Proverbs which had been written by Solomon, David's son. His purpose behind them where to teach people wisdom and discipline and to help understand the insights of the wise and to live disciplined and successful lives. The first thing that Solomon says is that the fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge. Only fools would despise wisdom and discipline.

Often when establishing goals, people say, “Who do you think you are?” or “It can’t be done” or “Forget about it”?

The antidote to the voices of doubt is to instead listen to the voice of God. Just imagine all the critics that were in Noah’s life. “That guy Noah thinks God speaks to him, but he’s just messing up all of our property values by building that ark in his front yard.”

The Bible tells us that Noah listened to God. And what did he hear? He heard God’s warning that the world was going to be destroyed. He believed what he had not yet seen. That’s what faith is — being certain of something we don’t see.

So Noah didn’t turn back on the vision God had given him. Instead, he built the ark.

God may end up giving me a certain goal for my life, and some people may think it’s pretty crazy. But I’ve got to stay focused on what I know God has said through his Word. Then, I’ve got to go build my ark!

So today, I will consider how I can practice listening for God voice. One thing I can do is remind myself frequently that when God tells me what to do, and it doesn’t always make sense, I should still do it. Afterall, He is all that I need and that where He guides, he will provide. I just need to learn to trust Him and I’m sure this will be one day at a time.