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.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Chest Out, Stomach In

(Pro 5:1 KJV)  My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:

“Attention!”  O, how I came to hate that word when I was in the army.  This doesn’t grab you in the KJV which says “attend” (7181). 

In the military when an officer who outranks everyone else walks into the room , the first person to see him is supposed to yell, “Attention!”  You are trained like Pavlov’s dogs to stop whatever you are doing and jump to your feet.  All activity must stop.  Someone above you is here.

As American civilians we tend to ignore this kind of thing.  Formal recognition of class and rank are not a part of our thinking.  We have our informal pecking order and are slaves to it but usually we are too casual for military protocol.  Unfortunately we tend to be the same way about the wisdom that God wants to share with us.  We sleep through sermons.  Skim when we read the Bible and go for coffee at key moments.

Those are bad habits.

So?  Pay attention.  Any time the Holy Spirit speaks to you, stop what you are doing and focus on the lesson at hand.  This could be the still small voice or a fire and brimstone sermon.  You won’t get the message if you don’t read your mail.

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