Monday, October 6, 2014

October 5 – Delight your hearts

For wisdom will enter your mind, and knowledge will delight your heart.  Discretion will watch over you, and understanding will guard you. (Proverbs 2:10-11 HCSB)

Have there ever been times in your life when you felt completely baffled?  Situations can blindside us and leave us wondering what just happened.  Our minds can race as we lie awake at nights trying to make sense of it all, but more likely than not, our negatively biased minds draw us to the worst possible conclusions.  Our corrupt hearts listen too easily to the accusations and unbelief of the devil.  We tend to doubt God, turn cold and ignore the blessings that He wants to provide for us, just because we don’t understand.

God promises to give us wisdom and knowledge that will delight our hearts.  He promises to guard us with His understanding.  Guard us from what?  From the chaos that the devil is just waiting to insert into our thoughts and emotions.  God knows how frightening the devil’s imaginations can be, and so He promises to protect and guard us from those fears.  But first we need to seek His wisdom, and then rely on that wisdom so that we can be safe from those attacks.

So often the truth that God speaks to us about any given problem can seem too simplistic and so we dismiss it.  People even treat God’s wisdom with contempt as if it just isn’t good enough for them.  They want answers that suit their emotional state, and can’t accept an answer that hurts their pride or forces them to trust in the unknown.  If we think that God’s wisdom means that every detail of our problem needs to be spelled out and explained, we’ll never find it.  God’s wisdom will stare us in the face and we’ll reject it because our demands are fleshly.  

God’s wisdom may sound simplistic and vague at the offset, but once a humble believer chooses to submit to and live in that wisdom with all sincerity, the amazing happens.  They begin to see the complexity and depths of that wisdom, the beautiful intricacy of God’s knowledge, and it truly does delight their hearts!  

God does want you to understand His ways, and He does want to give you knowledge.  He is light and has no interest in leaving you in the dark.  But wisdom comes by seeking Him first, and when He speaks, no matter how strange or simple it may seem, humble yourself and believe it.  Those who do, live in peace, protection and delight.  

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