I’m here in my office. The darkness is transitioning to light and I can hear an abundance of birds chirping. I have the day off from work today because I have to head to my daughter’s last gymnastics competition of the season. It’s about 2.5 hours away and it’s on a Monday. Schools are closed for President Day, so the competition this weekend stretches out to Monday. My firm is opened for business, but I took the day off since it’s going to take up most of my day…plus includes a 5 hour round trip drive.
Nonetheless, I’m up early because I had set my heart of waking up early at least 6 days out of the week to spend time in prayer, worship, and writing.
My husband surprised me with a Valentine’s Weekend trip so I didn’t write Saturday or Sunday morning. The purpose of the trip was to spend quality time together and rest, so that’s exactly what we did. This month is so incredibly busy and I feel like I’m being pulled in so many directions, that taking the time to pull away keeps me sane. Thankfully, my husband knows that and loves me enough to splurge on me.
On the drive back home I took some time to read today’s Proverb so that I could meditate on whatever stood out to me. Y’all have no idea how timely my decision to do 31 days of Proverbs is. Every day I read Proverbs, it feel like there’s some wisdom in there for me dealing with the exact situation we are going through. Many times they are reminders of wisdom, but super critical reminders during a critical time in our lives. I’d rather walk in wisdom, then be a fool and play into the enemy’s hand.
At the beginning I decided to use the SOAP method and only pick one verse or multiple verses with the same theme because I’d rather apply one thing, then read it all and nothing in my life change. While I’ve been doing that, however, there are multiple verses a day that have spoken into the situation I’m going through now. Each day I am more and more convinced that the Holy Spirit led me to this daily discipline, to provide us with wisdom as we go through a difficult situation. He did this with Be Love Go Academy where we changed the curriculum last minute and ran through a series called Keep Your Love On. Talk about timely and being put in an extreme situation to apply what was being learned. Proverbs has proven to be no different.
I have an opportunity to live in wisdom and trust that wisdom is the path of light or to ignore it and walk to path of fools.
I will choose wisdom. So, let’s get started with the verse that popped out at me. The same verse that popped out at me yesterday, popped out again today, so that’s the one we will focus on today.
S – Scripture
When you live a life of abandoned love, surrendered before the awe of God, here’s what you’ll experience; Abundant life. Continual protection. And complete satisfaction!Proverbs 19:23 (TPT)
The fear of the Lord leads to life, so that one may sleep satisfied, untouched by evil.Proverbs 19:23 (NASB)
O – Observation
I’m glad I’m reading in TPT first. I’m so used to reading scripture that many times verses just blend, but because TPT elaborates and defines terms within the verse, there are times I read in TPT and go “whaaaattt?” So, I pull the NASB and NLT and check to see what it says there.
To some the verses don’t say the same thing, but if you look up the meanings of the Hebrew terms in this verse, you will realize that all TPT is doing is defining the terms so that we can understand it in our English of today.
Reading this verse in TPT made my heart skip. It’s the language of my heart with God and I completely understand what is being said. Some may call it fear or reverence of the Lord; to me it is deep love, devotion, reverence, and awe before the Lord. It results in the same. It’s just a matter of how your heart responds.
In John 10:10b, Jesus said
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
In the passion, it’s a bit more elaborated because it provide the implied text from the Aramaic text, as well as the Greek. What does that mean? Basically, there are certain words and sayings in our day that mean more than the word. They are sayings that come from cultural references, like tv shows, radio, movies, etc. They had those back then too. Obviously, not being pulled from where ours are today, but they had cultural saying that had implied meanings. Here’s what John 10:10 says in TPT.
I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect – life in its fullness until you overflow!
The last devotional I wrote was about rivers of water that flow. Here’s we see that concept again. Abundance is a concept of the Father. It’s what He has always desired for all humanity. His heart longs to see us live an abundant life. He’s given everything for it; He’s given His Son. Jesus is the source of abundance.
Jesus set the standard for what life in Him is to be life. Even though we will have tribulations and are surrounded by a fallen world, He said that we would have peace that surpasses understanding, unspeakable joy, and abundance. I want all that. If He said it’s possible, then I long for it. (Didn’t I write about this in one of the other devotionals?)
This verse in Proverbs tells us how to obtain abundance. It’s by living in the fear of the Lord. Abundance comes as a byproduct of living a surrendered life where are you deeply in love and in awe of Him.
My gaze must remain on Jesus. My heart’s desire for more of Him cannot be tainted or weakened by the ways of the world or the attacks of the enemy. I must continue to pursue Him fiercely in abandoned devoted passionate love and trust that He will protect me as I sit in the shadow of His wings surrendered to His heart.
Holy Spirit, my heart has been searching for you. Longing to know you better. Determined to follows your lead. I know that you have called me to Yourself and I want to go wherever you go because I know that Your ways will lead to abundance; your ways will lead to a river of living waters where fruit comes forth in every season and there is life everywhere.
My soul is satisfied in You. You are enough, more than enough. That is abundance. This world will cause us to think we need more, but the truth is, You are our satisfaction. You are our abundance. I love you Holy Spirit. I need You. I long for You. I desire to recognize you better; to know Your voice. I will listen for Your voice and follow You. You are my Shepherd. I recognize Your voice and when I heart it, I will follow it. There is life in your Voice. Lead me.