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Month of Prayer, Day 17

Lord, in Ps. 119:81-88, I see the author is being persecuted and crying out for You to execute judgment upon his enemies.  In Pr. 17, Solomon warns over and over about lying, gossip, spitefulness, quarreling, deceitfulness, and evil intentions.  He even says, in vs. 12, that it would be better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs, than to come upon a man in his folly.

It is clear that other people’s decisions, intentions, and actions can greatly affect our lives here on earth.  But You, O Lord, test the hearts. Judgment comes from You alone.  Solomon tells us that, “He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.”

Knowledge and understanding of You, O Lord, can keep our spirits calm here as we endure the circumstances that present themselves in our lives.  Our hope, Lord, is in You.  Indeed, we do hope in Your Word and long for eternity with You.

No matter what happens around us, Lord, we can continue to pursue our relationship with You.  We can continue to trust and hope in You.  We can keep Your testimony in our mouth as You revive us according to Your lovingkindness.

Thank You for being the One upon which we can call.  Thank You for being faithful to hear and to provide.  Thank You for being the Wise King who is just and honorable.  We can certainly trust in You.

I love you, My King.

jamie

Don’t despise your privileges

Pr. 1:7:  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

We cannot follow our own minds, hearts, whims, or societal laws.  Without reverence for the Lord, we are fools, floundering about in ignorance and sinfulness.  Our natural inclinations are to selfishness.  We were born selfish and we remain selfish.  If we have no fear of the Lord, our selfishness will guide our lives and our goals will be to do exactly what we want, exactly the way we want.

Fearing the Lord puts us in line with His vision.  He created us fearfully and wonderfully and has plans for us that include a hope and a future.  We must incline ourselves to His will and allow His wisdom to be what guides us.  He makes all things work together for good to those who love Him, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  Ro. 8:28.

Today, don’t despise wisdom and instruction.  Fear the Lord and gain knowledge.  Enjoy your time in the Word, learning truths to protect and keep you.  Don’t put it off.  We have been give full access to the heart of God.  Count your time of prayer as the privilege that it truly is, not as a labor you must complete to gain something.  We have been invited to boldly approach the throne of the King of Kings.  Don’t put off the gathering of the saints.  Who else in your life will teach you even more about the Lord and His amazing will for your life?  Who else will help you be accountable and keep you from becoming the fool we all are without Him?

Don’t follow your heart.  Do as Jesus asked His disciples:  Follow Him.

Be wise,

jamie