Apply yourself

“Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.”  Proverbs 23:12.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Proverbs 22-24, and Romans 14.

You want it.  Here’s how to get it.

“It” being a better understanding of God.

I want to know God.  I don’t want a casual understanding of Him.  I want as much as is possible……at least that’s what I say!

The reality is that my approach is less than the best.

I have a library of reference books covering every book of the Bible.  I am also building a stack of partly-read, contemporary books by Jim Cymbala, Tim Keller, and on witnessing techniques.  Yet the distance between those books and my understanding of God is great.  How come?  The books aren’t getting read!  I’ll start the contemporary ones and bog down.

I do find, however, that when I get into a book that keeps my attention, I will read it a second time at the expense of finishing other books I have started.  This is currently happening with RT Kendall’s “Why Jesus Died.”

I usually find time to read Scriptures daily and produce what I hope are God-given findings.  I need to find time to do more reading, especially at night when the combo of fatigue/television infringe on what I really want to do.

Life is a struggle and our time here is short.  We have no guarantee of tomorrow.  We must redeem our time that is left.

“Lord, my intentions and my fruitions are far apart.  You have provided me with many written resources that will increase my understanding of You.  Help me to intentionally make time to read what will be spiritually profitable for me.  I need Your guidance.  I need You running my ENTIRE life.  Help me, O thou great Jehovah.”

How diligently are you going about learning more about God?

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