I only have a minute this morning but I wanted to share a verse I read in my quiet time...
"Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand." ~ Proverbs 8:1-2
I know each of us has different things by which the Holy Spirit shapes our walks. He's been hammering on me about finding my strength in Him as I daily, rather moment by moment, present myself a living sacrifice.
The thing about sacrifices is they are painful. Nothing was ever slaughtered that didn't get slashed and bloodied. (sorry for being so graphic this early in the a.m.) Do I eat it or not eat it? Buy it or not buy it? Go or not go? Serve or not serve? Have that conversation or not have it? In each one of these things, there's a decision to be made. There's a crossroads and waiting for us there is a woman called Wisdom.
She was the first of God's works and appointed before eternity and God graciously says, "Ask and I will give of her freely to YOU." To me. It bends the mind that the God of the Universe would set my feet on a path and when it is time to choose the right or the left, He will grace me with the same wisdom by which He formed the oceans and created mankind. I can KNOW what He wants from me. All I have to do is ask.
But in the asking is also the obligation to obey. Sometimes we don't ask because we don't want to know. May it never be! Though it kills us, my prayer for myself and for you today is that we will answer simply, 'Yes, Lord.' Even if I walk away from this thing limping, I choose You.
May every split in the road you face today be met with Wisdom! Be blessed, my dear family and friends!
Thursday, January 08, 2009