This morning it hit me hard while reading that there are actually 2 things about learning new things that make all the difference. Have you ever gone to a conference or read a book and gathered some great ideas? A few months later you realized that you didn’t do anything with the information that you were once so excited about?
Learning new things sparks imagination and hope for a different tomorrow, right? Then why do we succumb to yesterday’s patterns of broken habits?
In my morning devotion I like to read through the book of Proverbs on a regular basis. There are 31 chapters in Proverbs and 30/31 days in a month. It is easy to read through it monthly. The book is chalked full of wisdom waiting to be devoured and applied.
There are two passages that hit me this morning. One was from a study last night and the other was from this morning’s devotion.
Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is he who trusts in the Lord. – Pr 16:20 NIV
This passage hit me this morning. I had it highlighted from a previous reading, but for some reason, it stood out to me. I looked up the word heed on Dictionary.com. It means to give careful attention to or to have regard for. Ok. That’s easy right?
How many times have you heard something and blew it off as if you already know that? If you’re anything like me, probably a thousand times. We’re busy. People around us want us to have a good life. They care about us. Teachers, parents, friends, co-workers, facilitators, authors, etc. are constantly engaged in our learning process. In our pride, we already know, so we give the fake mommy smile and wave with some remark like, “Oh, yeah, I know that. That’s an easy one.”
The Proverb says that the one who heeds the instruction prospers. It is time to stop for a minute and ask why did God bring that instruction at that time? The real question is whether we trust that God is working on our behalf to get our attention that is stolen by the easy path of this fallen world that is really no path at all.
As you read this today, slow down to carefully consider how you’ve heeded instruction just this week. Carefully consider and give thought to things that seemed so obvious at the time, but you did nothing with. How can those things lead to the answers you’ve been praying to God to reveal to you?
Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. – Mt 7:24 NIV
You may have heard the song or even sang it as a kid. The wise man built his house upon the rock, the wise man built his house upon the rock, the wise man built his house upon the rock and the rains came tumbling down…
The storms of life are real. The storm will come. Jesus taught in Mt 7 that the foundation that provides the greatest insurance against the storm is the application of his word, his teachings. Simply hearing his words does not do anything for us. Later in the parable he said that the man who hears but doesn’t apply is a fool who builds his house on sand.
A FOOL? Really? Yes! A Fool! Jesus didn’t mix his words.
So the question is what are you doing with the words and teachings you are hearing from the Lord? Are the storms of life beating on you so hard that it seems like your life is crumbling? You’re on your knees praying about an illness, a lost job, a bad investment, your kids, your future, a college application, an upcoming test, or whatever? There are so many things that life throws our way. How are you able to stand under the pressures and stress?
Jesus said the application of his teachings provide solid footing for life’s challenges. Practice what you hear him teach and your life will find greater stability.
Therefore, as you go about your day today, think on these things…
What areas in your life are you ignoring the warnings that are coming at you?
What can you do today to start over or get a do over?
What advice must you heed and what things do you need to put into practice to see greater success?
- Heed Instruction
- Apply the lessons
God Bless you! Have an outstanding day!
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