My devotional this year is Sanctuary by Dr. David Jeremiah. On October 9th he wrote,
‘Incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding. Proverbs 2:2
“Some years ago, I was at a men’s retreat. The speaker issued a challenge to the group, which he said would change our lives: read one chapter of the book of Proverbs each day for a year. Since there are thirty-one chapters in Proverbs, reading a chapter a day would equal reading the whole book each month. Reading the entire book of Proverbs twelve times a year would change our lives.
“Well, I accepted his challenge. In fact, I did it more than once. And I remember the incredible impact it had on my life. Almost without fail, I would read a verse in the morning that would have some bearing on an event that took place during the day. The Proverbs of Solomon are the most practical, hands-on truths one could ever hope to find. And to saturate my mind with those truths day after day for a year turned out to be a powerful tonic for my spiritual life.
“Anyone who takes seriously the wisdom of the book of Proverbs will experience these blessings, and many more, as a result.”
I keep returning to this entry.
I want to be wise. We all do. So I have decided to take that same challenge in 2014, with a twist. I’m going to read the Book of Proverbs every month for the year, so that I will have read it twelve times by the end of the year. Each month I am going to read from a different version. (You can find several versions, free, online at www.biblegateway.com.)
I’m also going to study the book of Ecclesiastes. It’s a book also rich with wisdom. During my quiet time, I will also ask the Lord to bless me with His wisdom.
But why wait for 2014? If you want to wait for the first day of a month, tomorrow morning is a great time to start. Simply read a Proverb a day, so that you read the entire book of Proverbs each month. You will have read the book once by the end of this year.
For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.
Blessings on your day.
Devotional: Sanctuary, Finding Moments of Refuge in the Presence of God, by Dr. David Jeremiah, Published by Thomas Nelson, Nashville Tennessee
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