“My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.” (Prov 4:20-22)
Take a break from Acts today, it is amazing to go back and read the books of wisdom, like Proverbs, which have so much great insight and information in them. Here, in Proverbs 4, we are told to hold to the teachings and the Word. To take it into our hearts and never let them leave our sight; truer words have never been spoken. In my own life I can feel when I am closer to the Word or when I begin to rely upon my own understanding.
It is when I am in the Word and it is close to my heart and my sight that I am a better father, husband and pastor. I see the plans God has for me and I see my paths laid straight. I find deeper peace and understanding of life when I find myself in the Word constantly. When I devour the scriptures into my heart. Evil has no hold over me, doubts flee from my sight and the love of Christ comforts me in my mission.
On the flip side, when I miss out on the Scriptures; when my day is too full for His word, the opposite is true. I find myself doubting everything from my calling to His grace. I find that the evil one has a open mic to my mind and his whispers seem like shouts. Temptations don’t creep in but they rush in like a wave from the ocean. It is never a good thing when the Word is far from my mind or when I have not engaged God on a given day.
People, it is a dangerous road to travel without the Lord in sight. We keep Him that way by ensuring that the Scripture is close to us, that it is always in sight and when we pay close attention to its instructions. When our obedience does not come from obligation but comes from a heart of joy. When we follow Christ not because we have to, but because we want to; our sacrifice is not one born of necessity but out of thanksgiving. None of this can happen unless we keep the Word close to our hearts and never let it out of our sight.
"Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, 'Stand up on your feet!' At that, the man jumped up and began to walk." Acts 14:9-10
I wonder sometimes, when people see me do they see my faith or just a man? It is easy to go through life and no one even know that we are Christians, but when we have heard the Good News and know the truth, we should be filled up so much that it overflows out of us. People ought to be asking us, why are you so full of joy today. And then we will have an answer for our faith, the Good News.
It is the thought that no matter what life throws at me, I get to win. No matter if I get sick or die, I win. No matter if my children are hurt or pass away, I win. No matter if I get to live this life until I am old and filled, I win. Because no matter what I have Christ and no one can take that away from me. I have the one that not only lived a perfect life, but took my sacrifice for me. He stood in my place of judgment and has said that all is forgiven. He has taken my sins away, that means past present and future sins. He has taken them all from me that I might be with Him for eternity.
When I think about that, I remember my wife and all of her sacrifices and all that she has done for our marriage to make it work. When someone sacrifices for me, I see how great a love that is and remember John 15:13. No greater love is there than to sacrifice for another and Jesus did just that; He sacrificed once and for all, that we may never know eternal hell, but that we would know peace for eternity.
It is for this reason that we also love and know love, because of Jesus sacrifice for us. If you are a Christian today, let someone see your faith and rejoice. If you don’t know Jesus Christ, find someone who does or email me and I will be glad to introduce you to the one who loves you and wants to be with you, Jesus Christ.