Taken from September 7 2020 Daily Bread.
Proverbs 2:1-7 “My son My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you,making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,” (ESV)
For many men and women, the question of “What’s next?” weighs heavily on our shoulders. We wonder what God might bring into our lives next. We wonder how we can be good stewards of what we have been given. We wonder how we can make the most of our time we have left.
Dave Branon recalls attending a high school graduation and the question of “What’s next?” prompting the graduates to ponder what the next leg of the journey would hold for them. In light of this, he is reminded of “the book of proverbs, which makes many pointed statements about how to live – now.” Continuing he says, “Living for God now, by the leading of the Holy Spirit, makes the decisions about what is next much easier. ‘The LORD gives wisdom; … He holds success in store for the upright, … he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones” (2:6-8).
I believe Branon is right. As much as I can get caught up in thinking about the future, it’s incredibly important to live in the present and to my life as one completely submitted to the direction and rule of Jesus in my life. I believe instead of wondering “What’s next?” perhaps it would be more beneficial to ask the question, “How can I better and more fully submit my life to Jesus as my Lord and Savior today?”
The best way we can become more prepared for the future is to examine the gospel to it’s depth for our lives today. Let us once again fix our eyes on the life and work of Jesus, who laid the foundation for us to be saved from our sin and rebellion against God the Creator. Let us know, once again, through Jesus life and death on the cross and resurrection, we are no longer enemies of God, but beloved children of the light and brothers and sister of Jesus!
Question for today: What in your life needs to change to recognize Jesus as the Lord and Savior of your life?
Prayer: “Than you heavenly Father, for Your guidance in my life today. Protect me and give me wisdom to live in a way that both pleases You and reveal who You are.” May you be glorified as the savior and Lord of our lives!
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William ConLead Pastor
William has been the Lead Pastor of
Parkland Community Church since Nov. 2018