Devotional Thoughts 2/1/16

I try to read a chapter of Proverbs every single day. I am not saying this to boast or show off any false sense of piety I may think I have, but to show that I am in definite need of sanctification every single day. A couple of weeks ago, I tweeted that reading Proverbs is one of the most sanctifying things a Christian can do, and I stand by that. The Proverbs are simple, practical advice for the life of a believer, and they have changed my life.

As I read the simple commands and advice of Proverbs, I find myself convicted often and challenged frequently. After reading these words of wisdom, I realize just how much I don’t have figured out in life. They bring me down to earth. They show me what I am doing wrong. They sanctify me. The words of truth found in the Proverbs absolutely cut me to the core. God has a way of placing certain Scripture in one’s life at just the right time, and it seems that when I am really struggling and have fallen into temptation, I open the Bible to Proverbs and the writer expels godly wisdom. I don’t always want to read the Proverbs. In fact, the words convict so much that it hurts to read. But I do. I must.

I would suggest to any believer (and nonbeliever, for that matter), read a chapter of Proverbs everyday. It seems daunting, and it will be hard, but I can guarantee that it will be worth it. In my life, the Holy Spirit uses the Proverbs to convict and sanctify me, slowly making me better. If our sole purpose in life is to glorify God and enjoy him forever, then we  can do this through living a life concerned with sanctification, and that can be found in the practical advice of the Proverbs.

I hope you will begin this journey through the Proverbs. I think you will find it enjoyable and beneficial in more ways than one.

“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.” Proverbs 4:25-27

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