“I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.” Psalms 119:101
The psalmist has just said he is keeping God’s precepts and following after His Commandments. He has observed that they are helping him increase in knowledge and wisdom. It is interesting to note that the Word of God has had an effect on him to the point that it has guided him in the correct way!
“A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: To understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:5-7
So, let’s bring this thinking to you and me today.
We have families we are trying to guide and take care of in some form or fashion, right? Then wouldn’t it stand to reason that we need Divine help? Sure, we can use good old-fashion common sense to decipher situations and act in a correct manner, but our foundation of thinking and behaving needs to be springing up from Someone that has foreknowledge and power. And that Someone is God.
We can’t afford NOT to pick up the Bible and search It’s pages for guidance.
We need to increase our learning and understanding. And here is where wisdom comes in to teach us something—just being busy at church doesn’t count!
I am going to be very honest with you, the ONE thing that makes me shake my head more than anything when I come back to the states is to see how many programs American Churches are running in their ministries. And do you know who is usually spearheading these ministries? Women. I see them spending all their time down at the church property with one thing after another, jumping through hoops to “reach” more people while their husbands go home to a cold sandwich and their kids and grandkids get yelled at for not being dressed on time. Something is wrong with that.
Yes, we are to be busy reaching others for the sake of the Gospel, but not at the expense of those that God entrusted us with at home. This is where we as women need the guidance of God’s Word to show us what to do. He already told us to be keepers at home. He has instructed us to submit to our own husband. He has made it clear that the older should teach the younger. So why is it that we think He will be pleased with our neglect of these things in the name of being busy at church?
If we are so busy at church that we don’t have time to read our Bible, we are in the wrong. If we are so busy at work that we don’t have time to read our Bible, we are in the wrong. If we are so busy writing a blog about reading the Bible that we don’t have time to read our Bible, we (I) am in the wrong.
We must seek God first in order to refrain our feet from going onto the wrong path. Wrong paths lead to wrong relationships. Wrong relationships lead to wrong thinking. Wrong thinking leads to wrong decisions. And wrong decisions lead to destruction.
Maybe we need to hit the reset button in our lives and get some priorities straight. We can begin with determining to put God and His Word in first place. And if we follow Him, He will place everything else in order.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,