I’ve been reading through Matthew recently, but happened to pop back to the She Reads Truth website just as they began a study through Proverbs. Goodness is it cutting to the heart. Each day has a few verses around a theme ( strength and seduction, counsel and instruction, generous and gluttnous..) and some followup questions. I’ve been really hit by how many idols and barriers I have and do place above God. I know in my heart that his wisdom, his purpose, his instruction is what I want the most – the very thing that will bring the most abundance and blessings as I draw closer to him. Yet my head gets so often distracted by the things I can see, the physical mess of the world around me. The desires of my heart get distracted by the enemy waving shiny things in front of me, making me turn and take my eyes off the one who is holding the light to show me the way. The way towards eternity with Him, where I can’t take any of those other things that I might spend too much time chasing anyway.
One thing which has struck me is that riches and blessings in the world’s eyes are just that- money, things, tangible blessings we can hold. But blessings are really things which bring us closer to God. Spiritual richness, which lasts forever versus the temporary things which the world is chasing. The righteous, those who seek God and his heart- they are the ones who are truly rich. They may be physically in poverty, or going through severe trials or suffering. Yet they are rich- rich in something everlasting, so the poor are really those who are lost without that spiritual wealth.
Where are our refuges? Where do we find strength? Who can we walk with, the wise that we can learn and absorb wisdom from? What wisdom do we have to share with others? The past few weeks have thrown up so many great questions and so much challenging and conviction.
There are so many sections of Proverbs which address the questions of the heart- where is our heart? What really is first in our heart? Have we recognised how important it is, and are we guarding it against the tricks and attacks of the enemy? No surprises that the theme of heart has come up a lot since it’s something I’ve been thinking on through this year.
I’ve been loving documenting what I’m learning in my Bible, and realising that in days and years to come that it will be a great space to reflect on what God has been teaching and showing me. On my deepening relationship with him, like a scrapbook of our time together. You can already see quite noticeable bump in the pages around the middle (Proverbs) and also further on in Matthew which I’ve been making my way through. Is it strange that I’m excited to fill this Bible up and start another!? I haven’t had a chance to go through and journal all the things in my Bible yet, but I will probably continue to share further thoughts on certain passages over on instagram as I process and learn further.
Honestly it can be hard to make myself read my Bible some days, it can seem hard and there can be so many other things which need doing more. But that’s the difference between things that are urgent and important- and there is nothing more important than God, who has my heart, my soul and eternity in his loving hands. Once I get really stuck into the truth on the page I just want to keep going and going- in fact I had to force myself to go to bed since my eyes were drooping. If you’ve wondered where to start with Proverbs or want an easy way to do a study that’s not too time consuming or intense- have a look at the plan over here or google She Reads Truth Proverbs. There’s an app, you can read it there on the internet webpage or they can email you the text each day.
Pursuing truth, wisdom and eternal love leads to so much richness and joy. I’m so so broken and fallen but we are loved beyond our understanding, loved regardless of what we do or what we achieve. All we have to do is step forward and accept the embrace of the father who has been waiting, watching for us. He wants our hearts- and that is some wisdom I hope I will be able to always remember. I hope you’re finding some way to connect with Him today.