In 2016, each day a Good Lifer will post their own personal journal time. This blog will function as an online journal group, giving the readers the chance to hear someone else’s perspective on the passage of the day. If you are interested in posting your journal entry just email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Love you Good Life!
Here is today’s post from Rick and Deb Sutton.
-There is a lot to review and consider in Proverbs 1. To not bite more than I can chew, I need to read it all and then consider only a portion that strikes me as significant—not for anybody but myself. I pray that You O Lord stir my heart to see what You want me to see today.
Scripture- These 4 passages stood out to me:
 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7 ESV)
 Wisdom cries aloud in the street, in the markets she raises her voice… (Proverbs 1:20 ESV)
 Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD…
 but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.” (Proverbs 1:29a and v33 ESV)
Observation- Proverbs is an “if…then” type of book. “IF” I do this, “THEN” this will happen. That is a broad statement but it mostly holds up when I am reading Proverbs.
Application- God reminds me that fearing Him, listening to Him, wanting and trying to hear His loud whisper reaps benefits and life to me. I am reminded that Wisdom is not silent, it is not hard to hear, it is loud and public—not private and secretive—all I have to do is pay attention—and then, when I hear wisdom, don’t cast it to the side and ignore it—but to apply it to whatever I am doing.
Fearing God is a choice. I choose to fear God. I must cultivate that fear. I am frequently reminded that God is a God of Love…but I must remember that He is fearsome and awesome in His Terrible and Majestic Mercy and Grace. Fearing God is a mindset, a heart-set, something to nurture so that I not forget Who He Is in all of His Glory.
Wisdom is a boon, a prize. It is something that keeps me from being stupid, foolish, and simple minded. It makes me secure, at ease, not dreading disaster. It draws me closer to God; because of seeking Wisdom, it takes me to the Cross in all things.
Prayer- Father, all of Proverbs will be good for me. It will help me hear Your voice. It will give me building blocks to wisely build with, mature with, grow. Help me to fear You even deeper—help me not be complacent but to pursue You all my days. I don’t want to be foolish. AMEN.