Two thoughts jumped out at me as I read today’s scripture passages: to be serious about my faith, and how I will do it.
Proverbs 7:3 says, “If you are really serious about wanting to return to the Lord, get rid of your foreign gods and your images of Ashtoreth. Determine to obey only the Lord.”
Our reading in Proverbs today tells us of the consequences of living a godly versus an ungodly life. We are shown very clearly the difference between good and bad, yet we often fall into our same routines, which aren’t always as positive and godly as God asks of us. I read verse 24 and thought, “I can be lazy (so much to watch on Netflix!) and in a way, I become slave to my TV; sitting on the couch claiming, ‘just one more episode!’” Yet Solomon reminds us to “work hard and become a leader.”
Our other two readings give us great examples of people that lived their life being serious about their faith and determined to obey only the Lord. In 1 Samuel 6:14-16 the people see the Ark coming toward them and they celebrate and give offerings to God. In John 12:3 Mary empties a (very expensive) bottle of perfume onto Jesus’ feet, washing them with her hair. Likely, Mary weighed the pros and cons of this decision before doing so, but decided that her hard earned, very expensive perfume was totally worth giving up for Jesus.
Maybe you’re a little like me, and you are a dreamer and a bit forgetful. You make grandiose plans in your mind, but the follow-through is missing. When it comes to living a life dedicated to pursuing God and living as he would have us, I often forget and go about my day as usual, maybe being lazy or taking God for granted.
Let’s take a practical step, together, to live a godly life - a life that brings honour to God. My challenge for us is to write out some (or all) of these godly traits that Solomon laid out for us, and put them as reminders around our homes. i.e. “Words of the wise bring healing” – a sticky note on your phone. “Work hard and become a leader” – a sticky note on your TV remote. “The godly give good advice to their friends” – a sticky note where you view your Facebook.
My prayer for all of us is that we are reminded, daily, what an honour and privilege it is to know God and that we take our faith seriously.
Hannah Van De Walle
Dearly loved Foothills staff member who adds joy to every life she touches!