blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
do not disregard it.
34 Blessed are those who listen to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me find life
and receive favor from the Lord.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
all who hate me love death.”
Knowing God's wisdom is so perfect and based on His love for His people, then we should value His wisdom above all else. We should be eagerly seeking God's wisdom! We should be waiting at the door, eager to start! How many students bounce up early from bed because they can't wait to get to school? How many do what they can to be the first in line by the classroom door because they are so eager to learn and don't want to miss a single nugget? How many students sacrifice play time, sports, or something else because they don't want to miss a single lesson? What teacher wouldn't be excited to see students that motivated to learn? The word that comes to my mind is "ardent".
Ardent - passionate; fervent; strong feelings; intensely devoted; eager; enthusiastic; zealous; impassioned
"Surely we should hearken to Christ's voice with the readiness of children. Let us all be wise, and not refuse such mercy. Blessed are those who hear the Saviour's voice, and wait on him with daily reading, meditation, and prayer." - Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary
Luke 11:28 But He (Jesus) replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."
Psalm 18:21 For I have kept the ways of the LORD and have not wickedly departed from my God.
Psalm 1:1-2 1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
or set foot on the path of sinners,
or sit in the seat of mockers.
2 But his delight is in the Law of the LORD,
and on His law he meditates day and night.
Psalm 119:2 Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, and seek Him with all their heart.
"The church is the palace of the great King; it is an honour to be admitted here, to have a name and a place here, and to sit with the King at his table." - Gill's Exposition of the Bible
- How excited are you to meet Jesus? To have a relationship with God? To read His Word? To dialogue with Him in prayer? To go to church or Bible study in order to learn about God? How excited are you to love Him in praise and worship? Are you so in love with Christ that you are ardent and passionate in your pursuit of Him?
- If not, why not? How can you increase your desire for Him? What does it take for you to engage and to become intensely devoted?
- Is there anything in your life that you are impassioned about and intensely devoted too? Your job? A sport? A hobby? A person? A cause? Can you journal about why you are impassioned about this and how you pursue it. I.e. how would a stranger look at your life and pick out what you are most passionate about? How would it show to a stranger?
- Now meditate on how your relationship with God compares. If you put that same kind of passion into your relationship with God, do you think the reward would be worth it? Why or why not?
- Have you made an idol by being more passionate and devoted to something other than God? Are you willing to sacrifice it and put that same intensity into your relationship with God? This is not easy and I don't want you to think it's any easier for me. But, by faith, you can trust that the reward will be worth it.
- If you are still struggling with the concept of sacrificing something you love and enjoy for God, remember how much He sacrificed for us. Then pray that God will help you see things from God's perspective and that He will instill a desire for Him in your heart. God isn't asking you to give up something for you to do without. God is asking you to give up something inferior for something superior! You won't be without but filled with even more! But I can understand how hard it is to let something go so pray about it and watch how God begins to change your perspective. Let's say that you love golf above everything else in life and God is putting it into your heart that you need to sacrifice golf in order to devote more to a relationship with God. If you are obedient and then put that money, time, energy, thought and action into your relationship with God, He will pour Himself into you so wondrously that you soon find you don't even think about golf anymore and when you do you wonder why it had such a hold on you. There is nothing wrong with playing golf but if that's what you are devoted too and ardent about, you may be out of balance and God wants you to know that He has been patiently waiting on you to let go of the golf and search for him with the same zeal and effort. Also, beware of replacing one passion for another and bypassing God altogether. Maybe golf was your passion and you give it up but soon you have that same addiction to football on TV or videogames. You've just changed one passion for another and God is still waiting on you to come to your senses.
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