Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wisdom Within Reach

1 My child, listen to what I say,
and treasure my commands.
2 Tune your ears to wisdom,
and concentrate on understanding.
3 Cry out for insight,
and ask for understanding.
4 Search for them as you would for silver;
seek them like hidden treasures.
5 Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord,
and you will gain knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord grants wisdom!
From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:1-6 NLT

I don't know about you, but too often, I say "I just don't know what to do!" when faced with new circumstances or difficult decisions. But God has already made a provision for me, and for you. He says in His word that if I will listen, tune my ears, cry out for, search for wisdom, He will grant it! Whether I need direction for next steps, help making wise decisions, or guidance in finances or relationships, God's Word, the Bible, contains all the wisdom I will ever need. His wisdom is within reach! But I must do the listening, the crying out, the searching: I must read it for myself. Not casually or occasionally, but as one digging for treasure, every day.

If you don't have a plan for daily Bible reading, try this one on for size: 1 chapter from Psalms. 1 chapter from Proverbs (there are 31, 1 for every day of the month), 1 chapter from the Old testament. 1 chapter from the New Testament. Make sure you get a translation of the Bible you can read and enjoy (I love both the New Living and NIV translations). This takes about 15 minutes a day. Fifteen life-changing, mood altering, empowering minutes a day. Are you up to it? Go ahead. His wisdom is within your reach! Already have a Bible reading plan? Don't keep it to yourself, share it with us!


Ben said...

Here is a resource I have used to put myself in a routine for reading my Bible. Hope it helps someone else. God Bless

Jeanne@Shared Devotions said...

I like your suggestion for Bible reading. I have followed the Canonical approach in the past and I got a plan from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Your post is great and I hear you loud and clear... it really about 'just doing' it. God is always waiting for us.

Leslie Oden said...

Thanks for the link, Ben. Great stuff there. Jeanne, thanks for the encouraging words!