Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Ancient yet contemporary

As part of my daily quiet time I am reading the Book of Proverbs. My reading plan for today (21st April) includes two proverbs from the Book of Proverbs 13: 18–19 which reads:

18. “He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame,
but whoever heeds correction is honoured.”
19. “A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
but fools detest turning from evil.”

Here is what I wrote in my ‘diary’ as I pondered this ancient wisdom:

“It is discipline—having a daily quiet time (prayer and Bible reading) and regular weekly worship—that enables us to receive all that God has for us and to be the greatest use to God. Conversely, to ignore some form of spiritual discipline in our lives is to put us in a place where God can’t get through and communicate to us, or use us in any way for His greater glory. He has a plan for each of our lives but a lack of self-discipline and a lazy spirit has led us and many a Christian to spiritual ‘poverty’ causing us a deep sense of ‘shame’ and remorse. This is why, I believe, so many Christians are out of sorts and lack any sense of peace and contentment. They live under a cloud—of their own making—and wonder why God seems so far away from them and their prayers. The busyness of their lives has caused them to compromise their time with God and they are drifting dangerously. But there is hope. We are to “turn from evil” i.e. turn back to God in repentance and faith and experience again “a longing fulfilled” which we are told is “sweet to the soul”. What is that longing? It is the longing God places into the hearts of all those who take time out of their busy schedules and spend time with Him.”

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