Summer Plan: Day 5

You have made it to the first Friday of the ten for our reading this summer, and that is an absolutely awesome thing. We have been digging into 1 Samuel this week, as we will in the coming weeks, and we will also be reading from 2 Samuel. However, every Friday of these 10 weeks we will be reading from Proverbs, the book that was mostly written by Solomon.

So, for the first Friday of reading Proverbs go ahead and read Proverbs 1-3. Now, do not get me wrong this might seem a lot at first, but it is worth it. 

Growing up my family loved watching game shows such as Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. However, my favorite show was a little different. It was called Supermarket Sweep. (Go on youtube and watch a few minutes. It will explain the premise of the show better than I can.) The gameshow was filmed in a grocery store with three teams of two, and they went through numerous rounds of questions giving them seconds. Yet, in the end only one team made it to the Bonus Sweep. The teams had to seek out 3 specific items from different clues given to them. 

Take a look back with me at Proverbs 1:20-22. Do you notice the first thing that comes out of the mouth of Wisdom? She asks the people how long will they long to be simple, to be ignorant, then she questions how long will they desire to mock and to lack understanding. Bold. Really Bold, but completely true. 

How many of us are doing whatever we can to seek after wisdom and understanding like treasure hunters seek after buried, long forgotten about treasure, as Proverbs 2:4-5 say. Notice also what Proverbs 3:13-15 says. It tells us that wisdom and understanding is better that money. It is better than the best diamonds. It is better than anything that you can desire. 

So, ask yourself today, along with me, what are we seeking? Are we seeking money? A better job? More friends? Acceptance from people? A boyfriend? A girlfriend? None of these are bad things, but when we seek them over seeking after Jesus, then we've made them terrible things. 

Spend some time right now in prayer praying for wisdom in your life. Pray for discernment in hard situations and with people. Pray to live lives that glorify God in all things.

Andrew Barnes