I called you so often, but you wouldn’t come. I reached out to you, but you paid no attention. You ignored my advice and rejected the correction I offered. - Proverbs 1:24-25
I've been reminded this week that wisdom is a gift offered to me in countless ways and that I need to be better at recognizing it and accepting it.
I hear it in words of a speaker calling me to recommit to my priorities and key relationships in life. I see it in the lives of people all around me - the relationships they invest in - the way they treat clients - the way they make choices.
If I am honest with myself, there are times where I purposefully choose not to pay attention to the voice of wisdom. I choose my own way - let my pride lead me, instead of the Spirit - and as a result I either hurt myself or those I love.
I am thankful though that God does not leave me lying on the road wounded and desperate for help. Like a loving parent he pursues me with urgency and calls me close. He offers me His arms - His assurance - His forgiveness - and His correction.
Even in my hurt, my pride finds a way to whisper in my ear, tempting me to reject my Helper's love. I am faced with a choice to allow my pride to continue to guide my thoughts, feelings, and decisions or to allow the Lord's wisdom - His discipline - His Spirit to reign in my life.
I long to answer the call of the LORD - to pay attention to His words - to accept His advice - and embrace his correction.
Father, forgive me for my pride and ego. Holy Spirit, open my heart, soul, and mind to hear your call to live a disciplined life. Jesus help me to embrace your love and correction. Open my ears to both grace and truth. Amen.
Questions To Consider:
- Is there an area of your life where you need to accept the discipline of the LORD?
- How does God reveal His wisdom to you?
- What roadblocks do you struggle to overcome in your pursuit of making wise choices?
Make it a great day!