Sunday, January 19, 2020

January 19 - Proverbs 3

Today's reading in our daily plan is Proverbs 3. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • Here are some of the quick hits from today's reading:
    • Let love and faithfulness never leave you.
    • Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
    • Even if something doesn't make sense, trust God.
    • Honor the Lord with your wealth... then your barns will be full. (If we honor God with our finances, He will honor us.)
  • Do not despise the Lord’s discipline.
  • Sometimes, God allows us to experience crappy situations because we bring them on ourselves, or because He wants us to learn from them.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Notice that God never promises us a life free from pain. But he always says that if we love him and love others he will provide for us.
  • A huge barrier to the wisdom God wants for us is our own stubbornness. We don't want to give up our ways of doing things, we don't want to give our finances, and we don't want to sacrifice our comfort. But all of those are essential components of living a full life with God.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Where in your life are you being stubborn toward God? 
    • Do you need to be more generous with your finances?
    • Do you need to accept a sucky situation as God's way of growing you closer to Him?
    • Do you need to trust God in something you don't want to trust Him?