An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Repentance du Jour

(Proverbs 1:23 KJV)  Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

In these verses we have Wisdom speaking.  Wisdom is personified and I am sure there are many different opinions about who is represented.  We can rule out a god of wisdom.  There is only one God.  Some places make me think Wisdom represents the Holy Spirit but here it seems that Wisdom is looking forward to Pentecost and repeating the promise of the Holy Spirit.

We see the promise of the Holy Spirit in many places.  Here we see a key to knowing the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  It seems to be an indication of repentance.  We are to “turn” (7725) to “reproof” (8433b).  One of the recurring themes in Proverbs is how we respond to discipline and correction.  Our natural tendency is to reject it or turn away.  Here we are told that if we want the Holy Spirit to be active in our lives we need to seek out reproof.

We are to live in an attitude of repentance.  Many Christians believe that we sin every day in word, thought and deed.  For them this idea should already be a way of life.  For those who believe that the Holy Spirit can give us victory over daily sin as stated in I John,
(1 John 2:1 KJV)  My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
we need to read the entire verse.  It is a possibility, not a guarantee.  The root truth is that we all need to have a daily attitude of repentance.  We need to be open to the correction and guidance of the Holy Spirit no matter how we parse it.

So?  Listen for the correction and reproof that God offers in so many ways.  When I read posts I don’t like I need to ask myself if I am listening.  Sometimes the answer will be “Yes” and sometimes it will be “No.”  Always ask the question.  Always listen to the answer.

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