Posted by: Larry Hoekman | May 21, 2016

Proverbs — Proverbs 24:30-34

Day 2373: Be thankful EVERY day!

Scripture:  A personalized story:  I walked by the field of a sluggard and by the vineyard of one lacking sense.  And behold, thorns had grown up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was broken down.  I stopped and reflected on it; I thought about it and learned this lesson.  A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest – and poverty will come on me like a bandit; scarcity will attack me like an armed robber!  Proverbs 24:30-34

Thoughts/questions:  Stopped, reflected, thought, learned!  Today’s lifestyle doesn’t’ seem to include this sequence.   Because of this, what we primarily learn is what others tell us via Twitter, Facebook, and controversial news. Our current cultural communication is usually very shallow as trivia and superficial information flood our lives.

Without stopping, reflecting, thinking, and learning, the author of Proverbs would have seen the field and said something like, “What a mess!  I wonder who lives here?” and gone on their way.  Is that what we do??? Mentally we must stop and actually SEE things around us – people, nature, life!  And then reflect on what our 5 senses have taken in and think about the implications of that.  Then learn from it!  Not to obtain more knowledge, but to apply that knowledge – wisdom!

Spiritually, we must do the same – stop, look, and listen!  Again, it all starts with stopping!!!!  Then ask God to help you SEE what He wants your physical and spiritual eyes to take in.  Then (you’re still stopped!!!!) listen for God to speak to your spirit!

Suggested prayer:  Lord, You put so much in my path that I never see.  Help me to stop and see the people and things You have placed in my life . . .

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