Applying Yourself

Yesterday evening I had the opportunity to spend some time with my youngest son, the other two were gone to a concert.  While we were playing basketball, we noticed our neighbor across the street pulling a wagon in his yard.  After further investigation we discovered he was going to plant flowers in a flower bed.  John asked, “dad, do you think Mr Al needs help?”  Al is getting up in years and has a hard time getting down on his knees.  I responded, “John, why don’t you go and ask Al?”  John’s response was classic, “Dad, you go with me and ask for me.”

At this moment I realized I had a teaching opportunity.  This mornings devotion was God’s teaching opportunity in my life. I read the first seven chapters of Proverbs.  Chapter 2:2 spoke volumes into my life, “So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding.”  Solomon was teaching us that God offers wisdom to those who apply themselves in seeking wisdom.

I realize how easy it is to become dependent on others for your answers and for your growth.  Maybe you ask, “What do you mean?”  How often do find ourselves reading what others are saying about God’s word instead of reading God’s word?  How often do we rely on a Sunday School teacher to dig out the deep things of God instead of digging ourselves?.  I promise you, there are things about our faith that can only be claimed by those who “APPLY THEMSELVES,” to a daily time of digging through His word.

Solomon wrote, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding,” 2:5.  God will not withhold wisdom. He will give it in abundance to those who apply themselves.

John discovered this in a practical way.  He applied himself and walked across the street and asked, “Mr Al, do you need any help?”  You could see Mr Al light up.  For the next hour John helped Mr Al plant flowers and more importantly Mr Al imparted wisdom to John through conversation.

Let me encourage you every morning to come before the Lord in a quiet place with an open bible.  Ask the Lord to give you His understanding as you apply yourself to reading His word.  Next, allow me to encourage you to apply yourself to carrying out His word in your daily life.

I leave you with the precious word of the Lord, “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him,” I John 2:27.

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