Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Tuesday, March 24th: Proverbs 3-5, 1 Corinthians 15: 1-28 ~ Nathan
Proverbs 3 talks about trusting in the Lord. It talks about how to trust in the Lord in the first part of each verse in verses 1-10, and follows with the results of trusting in the Lord in the back half of those verses.
I found these verses to be positive and uplifting. In the back half of these verses the writer talks about benefiting by adding years to my life (v1), finding favour and success (v2), making my paths straight (v6), gaining healing and refreshment (v8), and my barns filled with plenty and vats bursting (v10).
The first part of these verses reminds me to not forget His teaching (v1), keep steadfast love and faithfulness (v3), trust in the Lord with all my heart and not to lean on my own understanding (v5), acknowledge Him (v6), not to think of myself as wise (v7), and honor the Lord with the money I make by giving back to the Lord first, and not after I've taken care of my own interests (v9).
Basically I need to put God's interests ahead of my own if I want to truly succeed at anything (first half of verses), and thus realizing that by "succeeding" this means not gaining material wealth but true happiness and wisdom in the Lord (back half of verses).
In verse 12, this section ends with a reminder that we should accept the Lord's discipline because he does this to those He loves. I need discipline and need to also remember to accept it as "constructive cristism", not taking it as a personal shot, but rather using it as a tool to grow in the Lord.
This leads me to a reminder about forgiveness, which I found in 1 Corinthians 15: 9-10, where Paul reminds us that he persecuted the church but is now forgiven. He states in verse 10 that God's grace given to Paul was "not wasted" ( easy to read version) . What great motivation too, while remembering God's gift to us (grace), keep working hard for God, who forgives all sin.